.Astronomy 5 will be hosted by Harvard’s Seamless Astronomy group at Microsoft’s NERD Center in Cambridge, MA, USA. Mark your diary, iCal, Google Calendar (or whatever system you’ve rigged up to wrangle Twitter into being your PA) for the date: September 16-18, 2013. We’ll be collecting together 50 attendees for a three-day conference, unconference and hack day: all about astronomy online!
We limit .Astronomy to roughly 50 people: a number that we find is large enough to inspire productive group work, and that everyone can contribute, but not so large that participants can hide in anonymity. Our signup form for .Astronomy 5 has now closed and we’re going through everyone’s applications. We aim to pick 50 people based on the information people provided, to try and produce the most varied and awesome event yet. We want to ensure a good mix of new people and old hands – as well as good representation of all the different skills participants bring with them. Invitations will begin going out in March.
We’ll post further information about the event as we have it, such as the estimated registration fee (we aim to keep this low) and keynote speakers. If you have any questions about the signup process, then drop us a line. For updates, follow this site or keep an eye on the .Astronomy 5 information page at http://dotastronomy.com/events/five.
NOTE: This post was edited to reflect the fact that the signup form has closed.