Fedora attended the HackMIT hackathon at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology this year. Myself and Mike DePaulo (mikedep333) represented
Fedora and met with students from around the world over the weekend.
The event report is on the Community Blog:
In the article, you will find…
* Introduction to HackMIT
* Notes on reception of Fedora Workstation
* Advanced use cases of Fedora
* Judging projects
* Should we go again next year?
I hope others will find the feedback in this report useful.
Justin W. Flory
After being at the booth at FOSDEM 2017 and in light of upcoming
FOSDEM 2018 let me raise a discussion about what we are actually doing
at the booth there.
At the last FOSDEM we had a number of T-shirts available as swag. And
the process looked as follows:
Whenever person stopped at a booth for the moment, he/she was
approached by the Fedora Ambassador with a question "Do you want a
Fedora T-shirt? Register an account and sign for a Fosdem badge to get
The person signs in right there from a phone or laptop, gets a T-shirt
and goes away.
While we get some Fedora "users" from this approach, I think it is
(Please don't take it as a personal offense, it is the approach
itself, not the Ambassador who manages it :) )
So let's stick to the goal: the reason why we host a booth at a
conference is to show that we exist, and that we are a good community
worth joining. The reasons (at least my reasons to join) are:
1) always something interesting happens,
2) generic upstream-oriented attitude - we are doing something for
every one, not just for our project alone.
So our presence at the conference should somehow reflect that.
Being Ambassador staying the whole day at the booth talking with
random strangers is quite hard. So when you get tired you want to
switch to some auto-pilot mode, when you don't want to think anymore
and just stick to some formal rules, like "sign in - get a t-shirt".
But this is not why we are there. This mode actually damages the
We shouldn't commercialize it, thus we shouldn't behave like a
mindless marketing crowd who's goal is to collect "links to
customers". We are community who works together and who talks about
our work. That is the primary option, swag, Fedora account, badge -
these are all funny, but completely optional things. Remove them - and
there still be Fedora booth worth visiting.
Thus, my suggestion:
* don't aggressively promote the Fedora Account or badge. You can
explain what it is, but never start conversation with the "Sign in!",
never force anyone to sign in, unless he needs to report a bug or
smth. This builds the respect and trust.
* don't consider number of sign-ins as a measure of success, get personal.
Specifically for T-shirts: Year ago at FrOSCon we had a pack of "Proud
Fedora User" T-shirts. When it came to distributing them, we need a
way to identify people which get them, so that we don't just throw
them away for nothing.
At Fosdem the Fedora Account registration was used for that. But at
FrOSCon I did it differently. I simply asked the person "Are you a
_proud_ Fedora user?" And guess what, I always get an honest answer,
which works as a good conversation starter. We had a lot of fun then,
without any enforced "T-shirt requirement" and any commercialization
of the process..
* be ready to talk technical (or better say "real", design,
documentation,.. whatever works for you). Don't be the
swag-distributing robot. Have your interest.
For example I've recently made a LED light blinking on a raspberry pi
- this is super easy to be honest, but it is awesome and I can talk
about it :)
* When you are tired - get a break. Have you time to visit a talk or
two. Get involved in the topics in other booths. Be part of the big
crowd. We are not just Fedora, we are part of much bigger community.
And we don't have to force them to be Fedorians to work together :)
Usually there are quite a lot of Fedorians at FOSDEM, I think we can
make it easier to join the booth, if we will be more open about
joining. For example let's have a schedule printed at the booth and
let people randomly running around to sign on sight for particular
time slots - hour or two of booth work. I think it would be nice
experience for some of those Fedora users, who don't have time or
desire to commit to the entire event. Let them sign for just a
particular hour - it would be easier for them to participate, it would
be easier for others to find them.
And this would make Fedora booth the default meeting point.
Generally, Fedora is not to sell, it is to be part of, or to collaborate with :)
the nomination period is going towards its end and actually we have just
one candidate for the two elected seats.
While there are several people nominated to represent ambassadors ,
nobody is running for the Mindshare Committee actually. Remember only two
people will represent ambassadors, so if you want to be on MIndshare,
consider adding yourself (or others if they agree) also to the nomination
Moreover, as ambassadors we should think about a discussion -> decision who
should represent us. FAmSCo was proposing a ticket or whatever, just to
avoid the voting app. If you have any idea how to make this happen, please
add your thought here.
I would appreciate your please making sure that the budgets at
budgets.fedoraproject.org reflect everything you have agreed to fund so
far. The budget entries can be modified by PR at
pagure.io/fedora-budget or via your Treasurer or Card Holder. If you
are still working on event ideas, that is great! I encourage you to go
ahead and put in proposals and get them approved.
As we approach the final quarter of the year it is critical that we have
plans in place for our spending and that the Council has the right
financial information to deal with last minute requests. This is
especially true if money won't be spent so we can allocate it to other
areas. No money is being reallocated at this time.
If you have questions, please let me know.
PS: LATAM - I have posted your refund for the cancelled DevConf Panama