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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@opendirective.com>
Subject Re: Things we need to do for ApacheCon EU
Date Wed, 30 May 2012 21:40:49 GMT
In addition to the items below I think there is a need to define what this
conference is. Is it a developer conference, a user conference, a hacker

How many people are we trying to attract, what profile etc.

There's not much time, we don't yet have any real clarity about what the
event is.  Without a vision for the event it is hard to think about
concrete plans.

In the past we've always had problems trying to be all things to all
people. This is one not the problems within organising the conference by
committee, it simply gets watered down to the lowest common denominator.

The ASF brand is strong enough for a lowest common denominator event to be
successful, however we can do better.

In my view, in order to do better job we need someone to make a few firm
statements and provide some solid guidance about what tracks should look
like and what they should contain. This programme chair should hold the
power of veto over any abstracts that look poor and be willing to work with
track chairs on fine tuning their tracks.

Is this something we want to do for ApacheCon EU? If so who will provide
this driving force?


Sent from my mobile device, please forgive errors and brevity.
On May 30, 2012 1:06 PM, "Nick Burch" <nick.burch@alfresco.com> wrote:

> Hi All
> I did send an email a few weeks ago about the next steps, but as a few
> people have contacted me privately to ask about what needs doing, I fear it
> may have got lost in the noise... Plus it didn't have everything, so here
> goes again!
> There are currently several things that anyone can (and needs to be!)
> helping with, and a few bits largely specific to those near the venue.
> On the everyone front, we need to decide exactly what kind of conference
> we want to fill this lovely SAP sponsored space with. Do we want big tracks
> (200/300 people), or small ones (5*100), or some days with one setup and
> some days others? What sort of tracks do we want to put on? Do we want to
> do a day or two for certain popular project areas, or do we want to do one
> track for the whole time for a popular area, with smaller ones around it?
> What things (if any) do we want to put on in the evening? What things might
> we want to try in Portland next year, which we should be attempting to
> test/pilot in Europe?
> (Once we have answers for these, then we'll have the structure around
> which to run the CFP)
> For those in Germany, we need to start putting together some resources for
> attendees, especially around accommodation. I know there isn't much near
> the venue, but it'd be good to get / find a list of what that is. We also
> want to provide information on what bigger towns/cities nearby people could
> be looking at for staying it, and how long (+ how late!) they'd be looking
> at for public transport. We may also want to look at hiring something
> nearby that's cheap for people to stay in (especially TAC funded attendees,
> committers who are paying for themselves etc). It'd be good to know what
> options there might be (hostels, church halls etc). For now, I'd suggest we
> start capturing this sort of information on the wiki[1], and we can worry
> about if that's the best place or not later!
> Cheers
> Nick
> [1] http://wiki.apache.org/**apachecon/<http://wiki.apache.org/apachecon/>

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