Idea and Possible Event in Aveiro, Portugal

Robyn Bergeron robyn.bergeron at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 21:52:21 UTC 2010


If you are looking to do something heavily Fedora-centric, which is
what it sounds like, you should read the FUDCon wiki page
(https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fudcon), and the FUDCon organizational
process page (https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon_organization_process),
and probably also the bid process page
(https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon_bid_process).

The 2010 FUDCon for EMEA is scheduled for Sept-Nov. 2010; if you are
interested in doing something in that timeframe, I would recommend
joining the FUDCon planning list
(https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon_bid_process), catching up with
their recent archives (I believe some people may already be in the
process of proposing event locations for the EMEA FUDCon), and
bouncing your ideas off of that list.

Aside from that, particularly if you're considering something not
entirely Fedora-centric,  I'd also get in touch with the EMEA
ambassadors for feedback.  You should probably also consider what
other major FOSS conferences are going on in Europe during this time
of year; I know that June is LinuxTAG in Germany, and I'm sure there
are other events throughout the summer (I don't know what they are
offhand, though). These are great opportunities to work with the
Ambassadors in the region to do Fedora-related activities, both
before/after and during the conference, without having to reinvent the
wheel or force potential participants to have to choose where they'd
like to invest their travel funds.

-robyn

On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 2:32 PM, Nelson Marques <07721 at ipam.pt> wrote:
>
>  Hi Gerold,
>
>  It's mainly an idea for now, and I haven't contacted no one yet.
>  May could be fun, because it's the students festivities (and 25% of
> Aveiro resident population is students). So, we also have a nice
> playground to have some fun after the event :)
>
>  As I said previously, I haven't contacted the ambassadors, because it's
> just a sketch of an idea, needs to get more substract (hopefully from
> this thread).
>  I would recon that we could eventually develop a bit more this idea on
> the list and then present it to the Ambassadors once it gets more
> "stable".
>
>  Here's a list of people that could get involved:
>
>  - Aveiro City Hall (through the cultural and educational department)
>  - PT Inovação S.A. (as a open source enabler in the market, they used a
> lot of Red Hat when I was there (1999/2001), not sure what they use now,
> but I can select the people that are pro Red Hat (my former boss would
> be great, he was the one who teached me a lot about Red Hat back then,
> and he also gives conferences sometimes, so he has a lot background and
> experience).
>  - Inforlandia Lda > They were one of the first, if not the first
> hardware manufacturer/OEM brander to ship with pre-installed GNU/Linux.
> They are a good company, and they count with local engineering people
> from nvidia and Clevo.
>  - IPAM > My University (bellongs to the Ensigest Group, present in
> Europe and Americas).
>  - University of Aveiro > One of the highest technological poles in the
> country. They form a lot of good people and some of their teachers are
> deeply involved in Free Software promotion (like Dr. Ruben Mendes from
> ANSOL, which was also a contributer/maintainer for Debian in the past,
> if I'm not wrong).
>  - Fedora Community > of course.
>  - Red Hat ?
>  - I would like to contact probably one or two ISP's and mobile
> operators (reason: e-student program from the governament provides
> mobile networking aswell for students. Supported? Alert to open
> source?).
>
>  Keep feeding the thread and comenting everything, so we can have a
> clear inview of what we can do and what we cant do before we start
> rallying for manpower and things we need.
>
>  Feel free to contact me in private: 07721 at ipam.pt,
> nmarques at fedoraproject.org.
>
>  My German is basic ;) (almost 15 years without practicing on it)
> English would be preferred.
>
>
>  Thanks for the support,
>
>  Nelson
>
> On Sat, 2010-02-27 at 22:11 +0100, Gerold Kassube wrote:
>> +1
>>
>> Nelson, your plans are awesome and I personaly like to see it happen.
>> You will get my highest support to make it happen. Maybe I find also a
>> possibility to attend if it really happen in May or June and during a
>> weekend ..
>>
>> Let's talk in private for more details. Other question; have you also
>> asked in the Ambassadors List to get support?
>>
>> regards
>>
>> Gerold
>>
>> Am Samstag, den 27.02.2010, 16:44 +0000 schrieb Nelson Marques:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> >  Not sure if people know, but in February 2001 I've organized an event
>> > in Aveiro to promote Linux (I was back then the responsible for PLUG
>> > online Documentation, PLUG as in Portuguese Linux Users Group). This
>> > event was supported by SuSE GmbH (donated 2 crates of merchandise, cd's,
>> > retail boxes, t-shirts, pins), Sun MicroSystems (500 CD's of Star Office
>> > 5.1), Red Hat (some stickers) and some other local companies (hardware
>> > manufacturers, service enablers etc).
>> >  This event had over 400 visitors in the 2 days we were "opened" for
>> > public. We used Aveiro's Congress Center for this.
>> >
>> >  Congress Center:
>> >
>> > http://www.cm-aveiro.pt/www//Templates/GenericDetails.aspx?id_object=27480&divName=1381s1509&id_class=1509
>> > http://www.av.it.pt/aveirocidade/pt/congressos/index.htm
>> > http://i.olhares.com/data/big/178/1780535.jpg
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >  After this background, I was thinking in organizing another event, this
>> > time to promote Fedora. From the previous experience, I know that if we
>> > don't advertise, they can spare us some space in the Congress Center for
>> > free, if we advertise, we need to pay. Back then we payed around 450$US
>> > for the two days.
>> >
>> >  My idea was to do something different. First, no Congress Center,
>> > instead ask for space on my University and host the event At IPAM Aveiro
>> > (Portuguese Institute for Marketing Management).
>> >
>> >  http://www.e-u.pt/ResourcesUser/InstituicoesImagens/IPAM.gif
>> >  http://www.ipam.pt
>> >
>> >   IPAM is starting it's internationalization project, being present in
>> > Portugal (Aveiro, Porto and Lisbon), Spain (Madrid, cooperation with
>> > Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), in Brazil and Netherlands.
>> >   Aveiro school was appointed to be the center of it's international
>> > community.
>> >
>> >   Through IPAM we can most likely get an anfi-theater for any
>> > presentation/conference, rooms to be used and free space, with bar,
>> > parking, etc.
>> >
>> >   I would also like to focus that the City of Aveiro has the former
>> > Center for Telecommunication Studies (former CET), now known as Portugal
>> > Telecom Inovação S.A., the Research and Development unit for Portugal
>> > Telecom, where I worked in the past packaging and maintaining our Red
>> > Hat 6 plataform on IBM RS4500 (replacing the Sun equipment and
>> > Slowlaris).
>> >
>> >   Either way Aveiro also has one of the biggest Universities in Europe,
>> > and in 2050 the biggest. Aveiro is the technological telecommunications
>> > platform in Portugal (Portugal Telecom has operations worldwide in the 5
>> > continents), and was responsible for great accolades, like the first
>> > pre-paid GSM Card in the World, the second country in Europe to
>> > establish a phone network without operator (automatic switching),
>> > amongst other things.
>> >
>> >   There could be no better background for this.
>> >
>> >
>> >   My thing:
>> >
>> >   # Organize an event to promote GNU/Linux and Fedora.
>> >   # Gather support for space and resources in IPAM (to go zero costs).
>> >   # Promote a couple of background events related to Linux
>> >      - Possibility of someone from Fedora to present it?
>> >      - I can ask one of GNOME Brasero's maintainers also to speech (Luis
>> > Medinas is from Aveiro).
>> >      - Corporate view of open-source by Portugal Telecom Inovação?
>> >      - Maybe someone from Red Hat ?
>> >
>> >   GOALS:
>> >   # Give to know and Promote Fedora.
>> >   # Promote Fedora with IPAM (see this as a first approach to try and
>> > get IPAM involved with the Fedora community).
>> >   # Gather the local native population for this promotion event.
>> >   # Attract and attack the small business to favor open-source (might be
>> > of interest to Red Hat).
>> >
>> >
>> >   Anyone, pull out comments, goals, objectives, pros, cons, anything
>> > relevant. Keep in mind that the main event (despite of any other
>> > involvements such as guest speakers and such) is the promotion of Fedora
>> > as a reliable free alternative either for normal people, students or
>> > eventually to new IT professionals. I can gather some manpower on local
>> > LUGS and gather corporate support if required (hardware manufacturers,
>> > open source enablers, etc).
>> >
>> >   I have also some bonds with ANSOL (http://www.ansol.org), the FSF
>> > Portuguese branch, and also can get their cooperation almost for sure.
>> >
>> >   Also regarding to Aveiro, there is currently one company that is
>> > supplying the students laptops through the governament. I know this
>> > company for over 15 years and have developed work for them in the past
>> > (installing and configuring Linux Servers (Red Hat) and Workstations
>> > (SuSE). They currently use the Portuguese Caixa Mágica distro for their
>> > pre-installed computers. We can try an approach to them as well so that
>> > we use Fedora. We have something that Caixa Mágica can't offer, decent
>> > support to new users. I've been lurking on the #Fedora channel, and such
>> > resources are valuable and can make a difference in our favor here
>> > (anyone has status of Portuguese PT_PT implementation on Fedora?).
>> >
>> >    I know this might be of interest to Fedora as a Community, and if it
>> > is successful we might open new doors to our sponsor, Red Hat.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >    If we move on such thing, I would consider the following:
>> >
>> >    - March (too close and important city events)
>> >    - April/May (full of students events)
>> >    - June (exams)
>> >    - July (no great events on schedule)
>> >
>> >
>> >    I would point for May or July if such is to be done. I am making
>> > myself available to develop contacts, rally support, find a space (I'll
>> > try to go to zero costs) and do necessary local arrangements.
>> >
>> >    Is this of interest to Fedora? The event itself I was thinking on a
>> > old fashion Linux Install Fest.
>> >
>> >    Waiting for feedback from the list.
>> >
>> >     Nelson.
>> >
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