+5 for your mail ...
you're talking and writing out of my heart and my soul.
We (European Ambassadors) asked lot of times for the "Fedora Ambassadors
Kit" which you give you now a different role as it was in the first time
we thought about; but you're more right than the core idea was ...
As far as I remember we mentioned that the Ambassador Kit was a Kit for
every new Ambassador to help him(self) to get in touch with the Fedora
Organisation and getting him(self) involved what he has/should do as
maybe we miss this also ...
Your idea with the Event Box is imho one step in the right way;
regional, filled with what you need to build up a "Fedora Presentation"
regardless chairs, tables, walls and so on ...
Why not set up an wiki-page and collect what other Ambassadors,
attendees of booth think what is needed and usefull?!
Am Sonntag, den 25.02.2007, 13:19 -0500 schrieb Jeffrey Tadlock:
In reading Max's blog post on 2/24  he brings up some key
I feel merit further discussion on helping build a strong foundation for
:Begin snippet of Max's Blog post:
"Part of this problem is one of localization. You can go through the
process of learning to be an Fedora packager regardless of where you
live, but unless you are near a place where there are already active
Ambassadors organizing events, it's hard to get real experience doing an
Another topic of conversation was helping to delegate responsibility. If
an event is going to happen, there are several roles that need to be
filled. One is purely operational -- coordinating with the location,
scheduling the talks, making sure that there are handouts or posters,
getting swag, publicity, etc. The skill set needed to do these kinds of
things is different from the skill set needed once you actually get to
the event and stand at the booth or deliver a talk.
Once you're actually speaking about Fedora, now it's about the message,
and I think that for a lot of Ambassadors, we need to do a better job of
filtering. Freedom, choice, community model -- those are the core
principles of Fedora. After that, you need to be able to say in about 30
to 60 seconds what the high points of the current release are, and what
the next release will include."
:End snippet of Max's Blog post:
Organizing an event does take some real work and for some it might not
be their area of expertise. I do think there are several things the
Ambassador project could do to help lower this hurdle and increase the
number of local events Fedora has a presence at.
My thoughts are based on what I learned from helping organize the Fedora
presence at the Ohio Linux Fest in 2006. While we prepared for this
event we felt there must be a better way to organize for something such
as this - something a little more cookie cutter to reduce the actual
work load of organizing the materials and such and allow more time
focusing on other areas while at the event.
I think one thing that could go very far in helping with some of the
larger events is to see the Event Kit that Jack Aboutboul worked on come
to realization. The page for the Event Kit  is blank. I think we
should look at the Gnome Event Box  as something the Fedora Project
should put in place. For those unfamiliar with the Gnome Event Box, it
is a large, sturdy box that they ship to Gnome volunteers presenting at
various events. It includes an LCD screen, a desktop computer, mouse,
keyboard, various networking equipment, posters/banners and materials to
help in hanging these things at the booth. It is close to a booth in a
box. Something such as this reduces the amount of work that must be
repeated each time someone from the Fedora Project attends an event.
A Fedora Event Box would allow an ambassador to request the box for a
certain date and have it shipped to them. When they receive the box
they will have all the basic materials needed to put together a good
looking booth for Fedora and also allow them more time to focus on other
aspects of an event. To me this lowers the hurdle significantly to
volunteering to attend an event. The costs of such a box are filling
the box with the appropriate materials and then the shipping costs from
event to event. The benefits to these costs are well put together
Fedora Booths and hopefully more participation in local events.
Beyond the Event Box, making sure people know the core principals of
Fedora is important. For this I present the Ubuntu Marketing Flier 
as an example of a very clean at-a-glance look into the distro. I think
Fedora needs a similar brochure to promote what makes Fedora what it is.
We can also state where to get Fedora, where to ask questions and
where to get support from the community. We can make such a flier
readily available for Ambassadors in a format that will allow
ambassadors to take the file to a print shop for local production.
For Release Features in upcoming versions a clean, well formatted single
page can cover the highlights of future releases. This document can get
updated for each upcoming release and be readily available to
ambassadors to take to their local print shop for production for the
Many ambassadors also bring DVDs, T-Shirts, stickers, etc to events for
sale from the booth to help defray the costs of getting us there to
begin with. Our booth at the Ohio Linux Fest had all of these and we
were pretty successful at paying for most (not all) of our costs to
attend the event. Having templates that are ready for production and
guidelines on how to give the information to the T-shirt maker or
sticker maker can also reduce the amount of repeated work. For
ambassadors with their own ideas, they could certainly run with that,
but for other ambassadors they can just take the templates from the web
and use the guidelines provided on the site. I see this as lowering the
hurdle for event planning and organization.
In summary I see the following setup as greatly helping ease the
organization efforts of attending events and hopefully leading to an
increase in the number of events Fedora is able to attend - simply
because we have made it easier.
* Fedora Event Kit (box):
This will include the basic materials to get a booth up and running. An
ambassador requests and receives this and can be assured of having a
near immediate professional presence at an event.
* Marketing Fliers:
Two fliers, one brochure covering the core principals of Fedora -
explains what Fedora is about, where to obtain Fedora and where to get
support from the community. The other flier lists the features in the
upcoming release - to be updated with each new release. These would be
readily available on the web to allow the ambassador to locally produce
* Schwag. Readily available (or at least clear steps on how to obtain
the necessary high resolution images) images and templates for use with
T-Shirt and Sticker logos. Also guidelines on what to tell a T-Shirt or
sticker producer to make sure you get the materials you want.
By laying these ideas out clearly on wiki I think the hurdles to
organizing events can be reduced greatly. This will either allow a
person to simply request the materials and have access to the brochures
to have a good presence at an event with minimal effort or free up
valuable time for people who organize the Fedora Booth at events to
focus on lining up speakers, prepping a birds of a feather session, etc,
etc. I know if there had been these elements in place for the Ohio
Linux Fest we would have had a much easier time of getting everything
And finally, when I helped organize the Fedora Booth at the Ohio Linux
Fest I was assigned a "mentor". This was a single contact that if I ran
into trouble along they way or had questions in general I could easily
email and he would either answer the questions I had, get me in contact
with the correct person or get the answers for me. I think we should
continue this. Let those of us that have organized events previously
volunteer to be a mentor. Most likely those of us that volunteer to
mentor will be familiar enough with the Ambassadors and people within
the Fedora Project itself to help get answers and help guide new event
organizers as needed to insure a successful Fedora presence at events.
We would just be a friendly ear to help keep folks from getting overwhelmed.
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