[maemo-community] Events in 2009

From: Quim Gil quim.gil at nokia.com
Date: Wed Oct 8 14:25:17 EEST 2008
Thanks for the feedback!

Summarizing ideas:

- Maemo Summit to be celebrated more or less one year after the first
one, August-October (or so). Aim to keep the annual frequency. European
location while we don't have critical mass to host a global gathering in
other continents. The case of Debian was mentioned but it is also good
to remember that even big projects like GNOME or KDE don't dare to leave
Europe for their global conferences. Aim to keep the open source &
developer focus but expansion is needed to other types of contributors
and fans.

- Regional Maemo event six months after each Summit, choosing a
different region every time. Bossa conference in Brazil (March 09)
proposed as a logical first step.

- Support to smaller gatherings focused in one or many goals, aimed to
the right people from Nokia, community, upstream projects, etc. We can
start making them next/inside bigger events related to those goals. Any
place of the planet that makes sense. Gathering around FOSDEM (February,
Brussels) proposed as a candidate for this model.

- Maemo release parties when a final release is shipped. The idea is
good and the model is known: local parties wherever there is critical
mass to organize one.

- Support to other local community gatherings and maemo.org presence in
events  through the known model of the Events Box - a real box
containing devices, those maemo.org roll-ups, some merchandising.

If you like the schema we could start mapping the proposed events and
venues to any of these categories, if there are enough elements to make
then credible.

And an additional thought: Linux and open source are the main references
when looking for events to squat, but let's not forget about other
neighborhoods getting closer like the Mozilla, Python, CreativeCommons
and long etc.

Quim Gil
marketing manager, open source
Maemo Software @ Nokia

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