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From Pierre Smits <>
Subject Re: FOSDEM 2016
Date Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:49:35 GMT
Had I known upfront it was held in Brussels and the last few days (yes, I
had to look it up), I would have popped over as it is only an hour's drive

Where will the next be held and when?

Best regards,

Pierre Smits

Services & Solutions for Cloud-
Based Manufacturing, Professional
Services and Retail & Trade

On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM, Rich Bowen <> wrote:

> I just came back from FOSDEM. As always, it was a madhouse, but there was
> some time for sane conversation.
> For those that weren't there, you should know that OpenOffice had a
> presence there (as they always have), staffed by volunteers, with some swag
> provided by the ASF, and other swag provided by the OpenOffice community,
> out of their own pockets. They did an *awesome* job of representing both
> AOO and the ASF as a whole.
> However, I think we can do better in 2016. I want to see Apache have a
> table at FOSDEM 2016, representing more than just one project, with proper
> respect to the historical position of AOO at the event - ie, not just
> usurping their place there.
> Here are some thoughts from talking with folks (mostly Jan Iversen and
> Daniel Gruno) at FOSDEM.
> * We would need to either have a separate table from AOO, or double the
> size of the existing table, so that we don't eclipse their place there.
> They've put *years* into developing a presence at FOSDEM, and we want to
> respect that.
> * Table Staff: I figure it takes at least 6 people to staff a FOSDEM table
> if you don't want to go insane. Daniel and Jan have said that they will
> staff the table. So we're 1/3 of the way there. I would probably be
> available for some time, but, like many of the folks that might otherwise
> be willing to do time, I have work duties as well. Two people need to be
> there at all times, and people should be willing to commit to specific time
> windows. It would also be cool to have times scheduled for specific
> projects. Like, say, 11:00 to 12:00 is Cordova Hour, and will have two
> representatives of the project present to answer questions and give demos.
> * We need printed materials, as well as stickers/pins/whatever. Printed
> materials should cover the ASF as a whole, as well as highlighting a
> variety of projects. Individual projects who wish to be represented should
> be encouraged to provide materials that we can print, but we don't want to
> have too many projects with printed materials - that would be overwhelming.
> We need to provide a template (in AOO, of course) that a project can fill
> in with their project-specific content to produce a consistent one-page, or
> tri-fold, or whatever, that could be printed for the event. We don't want
> twenty different-looking documents. We are trying to present a brand.
> (Right, Shane?)
> * A tshirt would be nice - the word-cloud of project names we discussed a
> year or two ago would be cool. There's several thousand people in
> attendance, and this is an opportunity to get the Foundation's name in
> front of a really important, and hugely diverse, audience. So having a
> cool, eye-catching tshirt is a cheap, easy way to do that.
> So, if you are interested in being part of this effort, please speak up.
> This won't happen if I'm in charge of it, but I wanted to throw it out
> there and see if it catches anyone. I presume that Jan will take the lead
> on this, but I'm the one that took notes. I'm also aware that we tend to
> have a lot of passion about this kind of thing for a moment, and then it
> fades as the event recedes into the past. But something like this takes
> time, effort, money, and grunt work to make it happen.
> --
> Rich Bowen - - @rbowen
> - @apachecon

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