[Members] Thoughts on the US XMPP Summit

Matthew Wild mwild1 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 10:39:50 UTC 2015

On 4 June 2015 at 15:18, Dave Cridland <dave at cridland.net> wrote:
> The Board seems to have decided to co-locate the US Summit with RealTime
> Conf. It's been decided to co-locate on the basis that co-locating draws
> people to the Summit. I agree with the reasoning; we co-locate with FOSDEM
> because FOSDEM draws thousands of developers from across Europe, being the
> largest free conference I'm aware of. There's no parallel in the US, which
> is a shame - it'd be an obvious place to work.
> Now, I happen to think Realtime Conf is pretty awesome. I made the last two,
> and thoroughly enjoyed them.
> But this year's is restricted to 150 tickets, which may already be sold out.
> I know that all the &Yet folk will be there, and I've no doubt Ralph will
> make it, and I'll do my best to persuade Surevine that it's tremendously
> important to my professional development (although it's probably too late).

I completely understand your point (and pretty much agree with your
concerns). But some things come to my mind:

  - It's sad that there is nothing quite like FOSDEM, in the US. But
if RTC is the best we have, why not go for it?

  - There will undoubtedly be a gaggle of XMPP folk at RTC, including
&yet, who are doing some great things with XMPP. It would be a shame
to waste the opportunity to get people together.

  - If this then comes down to whether it's an XMPP folk
"get-together" or a "summit", would a get-together be allowed to use a
whiteboard, video streaming, and get a mention on the XSF blog? Who
says we can only have two summits a year?

 - Finally, co-location with a popular conference may help, but
generally a significant number of summit attendees each year do not
actually go to FOSDEM, but travel for the summit in it's own right,
many have often left before FOSDEM even begins.

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