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From "Kevin A. McGrail" <>
Subject Re: Quick OSCON debrief
Date Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:29:18 GMT

Kevin A. McGrail
VP Fundraising, Apache Software Foundation
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On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:46 AM, Daniel Ruggeri <>

> Hi, all;
>    Here is a completely unstructured list of thoughts/notes from OSCON
> before I hop on the plane home.
> - HUGE thanks to Filip, Pono and Myrle for (wo)manning the booth. We had
> someone there pretty much at all times. This was a Very Good Thing(tm)
> because the traffic was relatively constant. Thank you, thank you, THANK
> YOU!!!
> - Set up was straight forward. The tables were the right height, but the
> table cloth was significantly wider than the provided table. Filip took
> care of it with the ole military fold/tuck bed making maneuver since
> druggeri's tape attempt was a complete failure (but a cute effort
> none-the-less). The table cloth took a direct hit from a coffee spill, so I
> am taking it home and will see if we can return it its former glory before
> sending it to Virtual for storage.
> - The roller banners and remaining flyers were sent to Tom @virtual for
> storage. I will update wiki doco on where this stuff is.
> - The caps on the top bar of the roller banners are finicky. If they fall
> off (as they are wont to do during tear down handling), the full length of
> the banner will pull itself inside the aluminum housing thus rendering the
> whole thing useful only as a blunt weapon and/or trip hazard. The noise
> will announce to all around that your day just became a little bit
> crappier. Field repairs were performed with a philips screwdriver I was
> able to track down. I suggest we gorilla glue those suckers on there.
> - I could have done a much better job of procuring and bringing swag. Half
> the stickers were completely wiped out in the first 20 minutes of the expo
> hall being open. It wasn't all bad, actually, because we were about as
> equivalently stocked as the other non for profits in the row. This will
> turn into a "default booth load out" Wiki article or equivalent to prevent
> the problem in the future.
> - Pono brought a handful of project stickers on day two to augment the
> swag collection. Several of them survived the expo hall onslaught, but we
> are effectively depleted of swag from this event + GOTO and have nearly no
> leftovers worth mentioning.
> - Our booth was directly across from the NSA's booth so, for once, we were
> able to watch them while they watched us. Joking aside, I was able to pitch
> the idea to one of their engineers of pushing his personal project through
> the incubator because it was a very, very interesting idea and I would
> personally love to see it grow.
> - We had tons of booth visitors. Everyone from folks saying, "Thanks for
> what you do!" to, "What is an Apache and how can I?" stopped by. One
> visitor that was particularly interesting was a man seeking advice for
> creating his own software foundation in support of his project. We begged
> him not to put himself through that, and he seemed possibly interested in
> the software going through the incubator, but only time will tell.
> - Filip was our "booth babe". After discussion, it was determined this is
> an inside joke and not a CoC violation.
> - Pono and druggeri invented the clever idea of adding a request to the
> site verification tool for each project to have a
> file to make the job of assembling the
> logo banners easier and to fix the few white space overlaps. It would also
> be handy to add color/personalization to project info in p.a.o
> - The Tomcat project should be renamed Waldo. We searched and searched for
> it's logo in the logo banner but couldn't find it.
> - Pono and druggeri invented the idea of having a
> URL that will redirect people to a random project site for discovery and
> browsing (like Wikipedia's random article button or reddit's rand subreddit
> link)
> - druggeri was able to shake hands and say thanks to a few sponsors (even
> posing for a selfie with one). Follow-up with Zaheda at AWS is needed.
> All in all, this was a good event. I am glad we could participate since
> the non-for-profit booths did not come at a cost other than volunteer time
> this year.
> --
> Daniel Ruggeri

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