I spoke with paradoxguitarist on the phone. I was able to verify that we are confirmed for a free booth at SCaLE for Fedora. We do not need funding for the "SCaLE passes" line item. We would still like douglax to be funded so we can have a native Spanish speaker, but fear it may be too late for him to get a visa. Without douglax, it doesn't make sense to request money for a hotel room, since we're all relatively local.
Paradoxguitarist also said he connected with juggler yesterday. I suggested that they update the mindshare ticket as a next step.
At this point, I'm not sure an IRC meeting would be helpful as long as juggler and/or paradoxguitarist update the mindshare ticket.