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Hydra Connect meetings are intended to be the major annual event in the Hydra year. Hydra advertises them with the slogan "as a Hydra Partner or user, if you can only make it to one Hydra meeting this academic year, this is the one to attend!"
The three-day meetings are preceded by an optional day of workshops. The meeting proper is a mix of plenary sessions, lightning talks, show and tell sessions, and unconference breakouts. The evenings are given over to a mix of conference-arranged activities and opportunities for private meetings over dinner and/or drinks! The meeting program is aimed at existing users, managers and developers and at new folks who may be just "kicking the tires" on Hydra and who want to know more.
The first Hydra Connect was held at UCSD in San Diego during January 2014, and had 93 attendees from three continents. Hydra Connect 2 was held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland from Sept 30 - October 3, 2014, with 170 attendees from 46 institutions. Connect 2015 was in Minneapolis and Connect 2016 took place in Boston with some 260 people from nearly 90 institutions. Hydra Connect 2017 is in planning for Fall 2017 and will be held at Northwestern University.
Hydra Connect 2016 in Boston - October 2016 (photo Boston Public Library)
Hydra Connect 2015 in Minneapolis - September 2015 (photo Mark Bussey / Colin Smith)
Hydra Connect 2 in Cleveland – October 2014 (photo by Hannah Levy)
Hydra Connect 1 in San Diego – January 2014 (photo by Declan Fleming)