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From Jacques Le Roux <>
Subject Re: Quick OSCON debrief
Date Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:01:16 GMT
Thanks Daniel for the detailed (funny)  info and ideas :)

Thank you too Filip, Pono and Myrle


Le 20/07/2018 à 22:56, Kay Schenk a écrit :
> Thanks for this wonderful and wonderfully entertaining summary and some
> great ideas.
> -- Kay
> _______________________
> Sent from MzK's phone.
> On Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 08:47 Daniel Ruggeri <> wrote:
>> 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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