[Members] FOSDEM update

Ralph Meijer jabberfoundation at ralphm.ik.nu
Mon Dec 3 13:48:52 CST 2007

On Mon, 2007-12-03 at 10:19 -0700, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> FYI, the FOSDEM folks will have fewer developer rooms this year, and our
> community is not on the "short list":
> http://fosdem.org/2008/schedule/devrooms
> Therefore we need to make alternate plans. That could mean:
> (1) no devroom at FOSDEM, only a booth
> (2) host our own devroom but not at the FOSDEM location
> (3) ?
> I would prefer to move forward with plans to meet that weekend. If it
> means we need to meet somewhere else, so be it. Perhaps we could have
> meetings on Sunday and Monday, leaving Saturday to soak up the
> atmosphere at FOSDEM.

As previous years, I've been the contact for arranging these at FOSDEM.
It wasn't that there were less rooms this year, but they changed the
assignment process this year. Every year there is very high demand for
rooms and booths, and only a certain number that they can reasonably
manage. I think there were twice as many room requests than rooms.

Where previous years had a first-come-first-serve assignment process,
this year they went for a subjective selection. As I know they people
involved, this is a difficult thing to do, and they were sorry for not
selecting us for a room. However, we did get a booth assigned.

Together with a couple of local friends, we have been manning the booth
for a fair number of years now. We have always enjoyed doing that, even
though it is exhausting every time. Nevertheless I believe I speak on
behalf of them as well, that we'd enjoy doing it again this time. There
has been some discussion on how to use the booth, and I think we should
really think about it this time.

Besides talking to people that may have questions, we should probably
have better materials that we can hand out, better presentation (fancy
banners?), and maybe some swag (t-shirts, pins, who knows). I'm also in
for showing off projects built on top of Jabber, if that is doable.

But, we also should do our own thing. I think we shouldn't go too
parallel to the FOSDEM thing, but at most one overlapping day. Evenings
should go to social meet-ups and food. Monday sounds fine by me, though.
I don't agree that we should limit our gatherings to weekends. This is
serious stuff and most of us get payed to work on it, right?




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