What are conference BOFs

I’m just looking at the schedule for the Scotland on Rails conference that I’m attending next month.

The schedule says

17:30 – 22:00 Conference venue remains open for BOFs etc.

I had no idea what “BOFs” are, so I looked it up on Wikipedia:

  • Buffer Overflow, a type of exploit for certain software bugs
  • Balls of Fury, a comedy film
  • Balls on Face, or Teabagging, a sexual act
  • Balls on Fire
  • Baptism of Fire, a soldier’s first experience under fire in battle
  • Basic Oxygen Furnace, a furnace used in steel production
  • Battalions of Fear, the debut album of Blind Guardian
  • beginning of file, the computing term. See also end-of-file
  • Best of Five, a question format commonly used in british medical exams
  • Best of Friends, Sarah B & Anthony C (see also Baof)
  • Biography of Ferns, the Seattle indie band
  • Birds of a Feather (disambiguation)
  • Board of Finance, a body that reviews local government budgets in USA
  • Body-on-frame, an automobile construction technique.
  • Boring old fart a term used to describe someone who does not interest you
  • The chemical formula of boron oxyfluoride
  • Breath of Fire, a video game series
  • British Orienteering Federation, the running sport involving navigation with a map and compass

Well, I’m glad that cleared that up! 😉

Some of those suggestions just sound scary.

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I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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