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From Wolf Halton <>
Subject Re: Proposal for use of funds collected by SPI
Date Sun, 12 Feb 2012 15:55:37 GMT
I am excited about getting the developers together!
Where are the largest number of developers located? How hard would it
be to find a place where the largest number with the least money for
travel could get there with the least hassle?


On Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 5:15 AM, Ross Gardler
<> wrote:
> From my point of view I think it would be very valuable to use this
> money to get the developers together for a hackathon type event.
> This project is currently populated by a large number of individuals
> from a single company and a large number of individuals who probably
> feel they are insignificant. On top of that there are people from the
> old structure who likely feel disenfranchised. It would be great to
> have an event that brought all these people together.
> The issue is organising such an event. It's not trivial, there needs
> to be sufficient momentum in the community to make it happen. I, as a
> member of ComDev and ConCom, and as a mentor of this project, will
> help. I have extensive experience of putting events on, of all sizes,
> here in the UK. I can also assist those wishing to host in their own
> back-yards. But we need commitment from a few PPMC members to be sure
> it will work (and to get the backing of ConCom).
> I would suggest that the proposal to take to the board and committees
> should say that the focus of all activities from this money will be to
> get developers together. It is hoped that an AOO meetup will be
> organised through (ConCom) with travel assistance available for those
> who need it (via TAC). It is not necessary, in my opinion, to commit
> to doing an event, but I am happy for you to say you have my
> commitment to support it - if we can add a few other PPMC members
> names that would be great.
> If the PPMC has the energy and wants to turn this into a user focussed
> event with a developer event co-located then this would also be good
> *but*, be aware that user focussed events are *much* more difficult to
> organise. I am *not* volunteering to help with this part of things. I
> will (with my ConCom hat) support such an event, but count me out of
> the organising team.
> Ross
> On 12 February 2012 03:07, Pedro Giffuni <> wrote:
>> --- Sab 11/2/12, Wolf Halton <> ha scritto:
>>> On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM,
>>> Gavin McDonald <>
>>> wrote:
>>> > I'm happy to answer any Travel Assistance (TAC) related
>>> questions.
>>> >
>>> > At this stage, I don’t see any reason why as a one
>>> off funds cannot
>>> > be added to the TAC budget and held in reserve for ASF
>>> sponsored
>>> > OOo related events.
>>> >
>>> > HTH
>>> >
>>> > Gav...
>>> Seems like a good start. Thanks, Gavin
>>>   Does anybody think it makes more sense to divide the
>>> money into
>>> equal chunks, or just drop it into Travel Assistance as
>>> Gavin suggests?
>> First of all, thanks to Wolf for taking the initiative
>> in solving this issue. Anything related to money, and
>> especially donations, is something that tends to be
>> delicate.
>> My understanding is that we are talking about something
>> around 20K US$. While it is good money, I think keeping
>> it for one purpose like travel assistance will give
>> better results than splitting into different needs.
>> I also think we shouldn't underestimate the value of
>> getting to actually see the faces of other developers
>> and talking over ideas. Getting some guys, that otherwise
>> would never go to any event, to meet in an ApacheCon
>> would be an excellent use for this money.
>> This said: yes, I am biased, I like to travel even
>> if ApacheCons are not usually in the Bahamas ;).
>> Pedro.
> --
> Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
> Programme Leader (Open Development)
> OpenDirective

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