[Promotion] GUADEC 2006
klingens at kde.org
Thu Jul 6 01:01:10 PDT 2006
On Thursday 06 July 2006 09:19, Dave Neary wrote:
> Thanks Wade! By the way, I really like the mini-conference model that
> KDE are using for sound, core libs and so on. It's a good model to
> follow for really productive working meetings. Where are you guys
> getting the money to get people together, and have you had trouble
> getting key people together with work commitments?
Being one of the people from the organization team of the KDE Multimedia
Meeting I'll chime in.
First of all, the smaller meetings have a lot smaller budgets and are more
focused. This makes it possible to attract different sponsors. For a Guadec
or aKademy a sponsor who shells out 5000 euro is mediocre at best, and
sponsoring 500 euro is hardly worth the overhead.
For the multimedia meeting, however, such 500-euro sponsorships are still
quite interesting, opening the door to many companies who wouldn't sponsor
Guadec or aKademy.
We still had to send out sponsor letters and do all the work that you know
from Guadec though. I have not been involved with the KDE Four Core meeting
that's currently going on in Norway, but since the announcement lists only
Trolltech and Suse/Novell as sponsors I suspect that they were approached
directly without the formal procedure that we used.
As for commitments, most attendees to the multimedia meeting were still
students. Also, the meeting was a long weekend (Fri-Sun), so with a day of
traveling at both ends you need at most three days off. Especially within
Europe that's not a problem with the relatively large amount of days off we
have (still not enough for all the KDE stuff I'd like to do though ;) ).
The KDE Four Core meeting is an entire week for many, which would be a bigger
strain. Don't know about troubles getting people committed. I'd say there
must have been, but I really don't know and given the attendee list pretty
much all important people are around, so it worked out anyway :)
One tip for smaller meetings btw: try to get people from only a single
continent together. The multimedia meeting had people from Australia, Brazil
and the USA over to the Netherlands, which required quite some extra
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