[fedora-india] FUDCon, Fedora conference in November 4th to 6th at COEP, Pune - India

Rahul Sundaram metherid at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 09:31:25 UTC 2011


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The Fedora Project leader has announce yesterday, July 7th that FUDCon
will happen in Pune in November 4th to 6th in COEP college


More details about the event is at


We would like this event to be the largest FUDCon ever, in terms of
breadth and quality of the talks as well as participation and a great
audience.  I need help and if you are interested in participating as a
speaker or hackfest contributor or organizing the event or helping find
co-sponsors and anything else, do get in touch with me.   If you have
any questions or feedback,  feel free to ask me as well.

A bit of background for the curious (warning: long read):

FUDCon is in a typical and a long held hacker tradition, a play of words
and a dual acronym FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt or Fedora Users and
Developers) and Con (Against or Conference). So you can read it as
either Fedora Users and Developers Conference or against FUD.

FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, a major free
software event originally envisioned in US as a means of putting
together contributors and planning for the next release of Fedora and
then later extended in a more elaborate conference, that happens
globally and each major region (APAC,  EMEA,  LATAM and NA) gets to host
one event per year.

FUDCon in APAC has only happened once before in Delhi in 2006 as part of
the Linux Asia conference


Over the years, FUDCon has transitioned from a simple conference like
the one in 2006 with a list of talks to a international event with three

  * A barcamp-style conference
  * A hackfest (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon_hackfest)
  * A FUDPub social evening (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDPub)

Each year, the regional ambassadors and contributors in a particular
region can put together a proposal and bid for the venue to selected
according to the process outlined at


This year, we put up a proposal and had a competing bid from China and
we have won the bidding process based on the more mature community here
in India that we have grown over the years as well as the detailed
proposal we put together in a short period. There have been many many
people who have shown interest in participating and put up their names
as participants and several others who have helped me with this proposal
(names in the event wiki above) and I wanted to thank everyone for that.
 In particular, Shreyank Gupta for helping out with COEP contact, Amit
Shah for the detailed budget estimates and discussions,  Satya
Komaragiri for the travel information etc and Narayan Murty for agreeing
to help with the logistics.  Special thanks to COEP itself for agreeing
to host the conference.

The venue dates are on 4th to 6th of November,  Friday,  Saturday and
Sunday and we are planning on talks for Friday and Saturday with several
parallel tracks and a hackfest on Sunday, ending with the FUDPub to wrap
up the event and have some fun!

As of now,  we have 97 people pre-registered to attend the event,  36
talks and 14 hackfests and we expect the numbers to increase quite a bit
as we get closer to the event.

Thank you for your interest,


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