[Ambassadors] OSCON booth questions and ideas

Larry Cafiero larry.cafiero at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 00:56:30 UTC 2010

Speaking of the OSCON booth, I need to get to O'Reilly a list of names of
people working the booth by Monday. Going by the list on the wiki, I have
the following people on the list:

Me (with Mirano as well)
Matt McKenzie
Tom Callaway
Mel Chua
John Poelstra
Kevin Higgins (and Tammy?)
Robyn Bergeron
[Karsten Wade w/ Malakai and Saskia -- I don't see your names on there . . .
:-) ]

O'Reilly originally said that booths get four passes each, but they're
willing to give us as many as we need to staff the booth. However, in order
not to abuse the privilege granted to us, I'd prefer to request booth passes
for those who do not have admission to the expo floor for some other
OSCON-related reason (i.e., you're already a presenter, etc.).

As an aside, the expo floor admission to OSCON is free, meaning you can
register for admission here:


and you can still get in to the expo floor area (and still help out with the
booth, too!).

Incidentally, there is one session pass that goes with the booth, so that
can be passed around and I'd like to make it a requirement that if you use
the pass for a session, you have to put in some time -- at least an hour? --
at the booth. Fair?

So . . . if you're on the list above, you're on the list for the booth. If
you're already got admission to OSCON because you've already registered or
are presenting (or for whatever reason gets you on the expo floorI ) =and=
you're on the list above, I'll make a note of it.

Thanks, folks.

Larry Cafiero

2010/6/28 Karsten Wade <kwade at redhat.com>

> On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 10:51:40AM -0700, Kevin Higgins wrote:
> > > During open floor hours at OSCON (when conf attendees can go out to
> > > walk around), schedule a series of short informative talks at the
> > > Fedora booth.
> Sorry, slow to reply to my own thread.
> >  I think the idea sounds great. We do need to take into
> > consideration that Each 10x10 Booth Space Includes:
> >
> > * 4' draped counter (pop-up booths are allowed)
> > * One counter-height stool
> >
> > SO even though we have a 10x10 area it sounds like we are being
> > supplied with a 4' counter area "table?"
> I was thinking of a design where the speaker was outside of the booth
> space, directly in front with a semicircular crowd.  This is based on
> what I recall about how OSCON booths were designed last time, which is
> rather typical for any show.  You have a single table/counter that is
> about 42" on top (higher than a kitchen counter by a foot.)  We can
> move it to any configuration.
> I threw up a few ideas in this SVG image:
> http://quaid.fedorapeople.org/fedora/events/OSCON-2010-booth-config.svg
> The rectangle is the counter (tall table) and the square is the
> counter-height stool.  In the first config I put it on the outside,
> which is one way of making sure at least one booth person doesn't get
> buried behind "The Desk" and is out front to talk with people.  In the
> second config things are more opened, which invites people inside of
> the area making it harder for Ambassadors to "do stuff" in the booth
> except talk with people.  (Harder to do a live USB station in the
> second config compared to the first config, for example.)
> In both situations, the speaker is just forward enough to give room
> for existing activities to occur at the front of the booth.  Ideally
> not conversations (2' away) but sometimes it will be.  Then folks are
> really in a semi-circle and a few deep around the front of the
> speaker, but I drew in the full circle to give the bubble that we'll
> need.
> Based on my experience in the past, that may work to not obstruct
> people walking by.  I'm confident enough that we can make it work no
> matter what that I think we should just proceed with that plan and
> adjust on the fly if an OSCON staff notices we need to make a change.
> > I do have a 6x2.5 fold up banquet table that we used for our Release
> party
> > but i do not know if that is a 'pop-up booths are allowed'
> Hmm ... Is it a hassle to bring it down if we don't end up using it?
> Have you read anything from O'Reilly about what we can bring?  Can I
> bring camp chairs or other stools because 1 is not enough?  Tables,
> etc.?
> > > We can get this on the various RSS and mblog feeds (#oscon, etc.),
> > > clear signs, and other things that occur as we are there.
> >
> > I think this would work well if we have the wifi Iknow that we
> > have to pay for the wifi this year. Would have to get with Larry about
> > if we have
> > payed for Wifi.
> I think John is right that we had a wired drop, and the West Coast
> Event Box should have a wifi AP (running OpenWRT).  If it doesn't,
> it's my fault, so I'll find it and bring it.
> What is the cost of connectivity?  Are they only providing wireless or
> are wired drops optional?
> > > This started in my mind because I want myself or Mel to give a short
> > > info talk on POSSE[1] at least once every hour.  There will be other
> > > people at OSCON involved in the Teaching Open Source community, and I
> > > would like to see some of them come give talks, too.
> >
> > I think it be great since Portland's Graduating class from High school
> > this year is only 68% {don't quote me on the stat but I know it was
> > in the 60 percentile} of what it was last year; and since Washington
> > state is committed to education reform and with Gov. Gregoire's
> > announcement that Tacoma Public Schools is to join Washington’s Race
> > to the Top application.
> >
> >
> http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/news-view.asp?pressRelease=1490&newsType=1
> > http://www.waracetothetop.org/
> >
> > This would be great to promo to the school boards and such I can work
> > on some of that
> > localy.
> OK, we can start putting the word out.  I'll get organized with the
> Teaching Open Source (TOS) folks, write-up a few wiki pages, etc.
> > Are any of these 'Lightning Talks' going to be in the
> Not per se, although I know some edu folks who submitted for these
> Ignite talks.
> > I think given the space and some time to work out details this would
> benefit
> > both Fedora and POSSE given there is a direct tie in such as the OLPC
> > is based on Fedora.
> > Just my thoughts but of course would have to get with the others also.
> +1 thanks for the support!
> ciao - Karsten
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