* Full legal name
Neville Alberto Cross Vogl, but as stated on subject will suffice.
* City, Country
* Profession or Student status
Business Degree (from Nicaragua) plus MSc. in Organisational Change
and Development (from UK)
* Company, School, or other affiliation
Hotel Mansion Teodolinda (day work/family business) http://teodolinda.com.ni
Central American University (part time lecturer on business and
* Your goals in the Fedora Project
- Have fun! I have some boring thing to do as day job. An atmosphere
filled with opportunities and challenges stimulates my brain.
- Learn. Since I started using GNU/Linux and free software I learned a
lot every single day. I need new things to keep up the learning
- Give back. I have been given a lot in this community and I think is
fair to return.
- Find my niche. As I am not a technical person I still struggle a bit
to fin my place within the community. I am already helping in
Ambassadors and Freemedia.
- Build a strong community in Central American countries (Guatemala,
Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama). Perhaps run
a "mini" FUDCon or FAD
* What do you want to talk about?
- Applications: There is a lot of software in Fedora repos that is
useful and is not promoted. Non technical people does not see the
beauty on the OS, they look for a tool to solve a task. I want to say
to every one that Fedora has those tools.
* What would you like to see in Fedora?
- more stuff with fedora logo, like coffee mugs, disk-wallets ...
probably I am dreaming but I think that using our logo shows our pride
and convince people to use fedora, or at least give it a try.
-more ordinary people tales using Fedora. Show that you don't need to
know every byte of Fedora to be able to use and contribute.
* Anything else you'd like to do?
- Share my experience dealing with local newspapers, so we can
increase world wide media hits.
- Help improve fedora distribution program.
* Historical qualifications
I have ran the family business for some years (2001-2005), among other
task I have to decide about marketing, advertisement, promotions and
sales. Now I have give sapce to my sister to lead, but still involved
in marketing efforts.
* What other projects or marketing efforts have you worked on in
the past? (List what you think is relevant)
- When the University launched the Tourism degree, I was hired as
consultant. Among a lot of designing teaching programs I had to
represent the faculty and tour high schools promoting this class
- I have been working with local user groups, we have earned the
distinction of best Software Freedom Day event world wide two years in
a row. We were expecting get the third but event competition was
delayed and not awarded.
- I have been running a promotional web site listing night events for
my city: http://clickmanagua.com
- I maintain the local fedora page (yes, another fedora page!)
* What level and type of marketing skills do you have?
- I can write (I do it better in Spanish!), I can teach, I like to
think in roles and try to be on some one else's shoes to see if the
concepts proposed are compelling. I can structure objectives, goals
and monitor performance. I have been working conceptualizing web sites
and worked as consultant for a system usability assessment.
* What other skills do you have that might be applicable?
- I have a amateur radio licence, I am following fedora amateur radio SIG.
As I am a Fedora Ambassador, I already created my FAS account and
signed the CLA agreement.
Linux User # 473217
At a few weeks' ago marketing(may have been ambassadors?) meeting, I drug Paul
Mellors (cc'd) into a discussion with Max Spevack and I about creating a
podcast where various Fedora contributors would be interviewed by the host(s)
about what they do in the project, how they found Fedora, why they are a
member, etc etc etc...
Well, I think that such a thing would be a good marketing project, and think
that the new year would be the perfect time to start it up. Max said he had
some ideas on the podcast, and so did Paul, so I think it would be a good idea
to start up this discussion again, in a mailing list. I don't know if Paul is
a member of this list (I think so) but hopefully he doesn't mind joining in on
the discussion :)
Mine are, in essence, that first paragraph, it's a pretty straightforward
idea, I think. We'd brainstorm a list of contributors; not just big names, but
a lot of the newer developers, too. This has, I think, a two-fold effect: It
gets new developers who get featured -really- excited and the chance to
promote $project of theirs, and it shows people who may be thinking about
contributing just how easy it can be.
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