[Ambassadors] report on BASIS SoftExpo 2010

Rashadul Islam irashadul at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 19:34:34 UTC 2010

2010/2/18 Joe O'Dell <joseph.odell at googlemail.com>

> Thanks for the report Mahay!
> It sounds like you had a great time, even though you were ill for the last
> day.
> Regards,
> -------------------------------------------------------
> Joe O'Dell
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> On 18 Feb 2010, at 15:41, mak wrote:
> Dear All,
> We had a great event. We enjoyed a lot all through 5 days of the
> exhibition. We arranged FAD in that Expo and almost all Fedora Ambassador
> from Bangladesh met for the first time in a place.
> The first day expo had less visitors, it might happened due the extra
> security for the Finance minister who inaugurated the expo. Almost all
> visitor of that day were other booths/stalls attendees. Our Fedora DVD
> (locally produced) was very catchy and everybody was asking price of the
> medium and were excited to get one free. We distributed only DVD and kept
> the T-Shirts for the other crowded day. Earlier this month we received a
> OLPC XO laptop from George Hunt, which we kept in our booth for display, it
> fetched lot of kids to our booth.
> The second day plenty of Linux users flocked in front of our booth,
> informed via newspaper about our Fedora Both. They were telling about there
> problems and troubles, few brought their laptops and told they couldn't
> manage to connect mobile broadband, we tried to make them happy. In this day
> we distributed DVD and Fedora Stickers along with our Fedora handbills. We
> setup a PC to burn DVD for those who brought blank media.
> 3rd day was public holiday. The expo had the record number of visitors in
> it's history and we were exhausted. Fedora Ambassador  Rejaul Islam<http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Rejaul>joined me and shared half of the pain :) He proved to be very good at
> preaching, and later I found he is a man of Marketing. This day we finished
> almost half of our DVD and other swags. We were happy to introduce Fedora to
> lot's of school boys, Rejaul informed them about the Fedora Scholarship and
> inspired to apply.
> 4th Day was public holiday too, but schools were open. Crowd was limited
> but everyone was stopping by our booth to get a free DVD, the word must have
> spread via various Bangladeshi mailing lists. we had adopt *
> prize-for-the-quiz* before giving a free DVD. We just inquired if they use
> any Linux distro or if they have heard about Fedora, even asked what are the
> 4 Fs and so on. But, the most important part of this day was the first ever
> real FAD for Bangladesh. We had already announced that long ago through
> mailing lists, and FB event page was there. Almost all Fedora Ambassador of
> Bangladesh showed up along with Fedora Users. Imtiaz Rahi<http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Imtiaz>told us about fedoraproject and it's various sub projects and inspired us to
> join other sub projects as well. I told them about l10n subproject and found
> that everyone wanted to do some localization. We met Rana Khan, who planned
> a Fedora 12 Release party at his University, he was asked to make an entry
> in the event page. I decided to give 50 DVD for his party, all other
> ambassador agreed to attend his event. We agreed to arrange series of events
> through out 2010 and thought. Imtiaz Rahi also requested to step ahead for
> the Free Media project and asked to mail him if anyone is interested.
> Mizan <http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Kingheart> agreed to that from
> his city Chittagong. At the end we distributed DVD, T-Shirts, Stickers,
> clicked group photos and had food. Here is a photo stream:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/ankur_bangladesh/sets/72157623334524467/
> 5th and last day was a less happening cause it is the starting day of the
> week in our country, though we finished all our DVD (except 50 for the
> release party). A group from workshop named WALCOM(!) held in an university
> came to our booth and discussed technical things.
> Later I became ill, standing throughout the 5 days of the expo and hence
> reporting lately. But I was excited to meet all the Ambassador of my country
> for the first time, this is the time I had the one of the F (friends); I
> want to do this again and again.
> regards
> Mahay Alam Khan (mak)
> Fedora Ambassador
> Bangladesh.
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Seems outstanding. Congratulations to the Bangladeshi Ambassadors.  Keep
doing great job for Fedora and its community.

-Rashadul Islam
irashadul at gmail.com
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