[Ambassadors] OpenExpo 2008, Berne - Thursday

Fabian Affolter fab at fedoraproject.org
Fri Mar 14 18:58:42 UTC 2008

The second day started as busy as the first one. I guess this was 
basically because the talk of Alan was the first one of the day. 
Everybody wanted to listen to his talk. 20 min before he started most 
seats in the room were already occupied. 10 min before the start there 
was no more standing room. 5 min later there was a 2 m long queue in 
front of the door. For us this was perfect because our booth was not far 
away from the door and so were able to grab all visitors who haven't 
found a seat.

Alan became a Cypertool from the OpenExpo organization team for his 
talk. And what did Alan with this gift? He decided to pass this tool to 
us and Joerg and I agreed that we take it as a donation for the Fedora 
EventBox. So far the tool has a place in my personal EventBox till the 
"real" EventBox is available in Europe. Alan, thank you very much.

Jan brought his OLPC along with a newer software version than the one of 
Joerg. Joerg was a bit jealousy and during the afternoon he started to 
update the OLPC from Seth. The formating process is very interesting. 
After the update Jan and Joerg tried to get the collaboration stuff to 
work. It took some time but at the end it worked. Only very slowly, but 
that unimportant. Because there was a big interest in the XO we gave out 
some flyers from the OLPC Switzerland Project and a report of a pilot 
study. As a countertrade they told the people about Fedora and gave away 
our flyers.

Slowly the communities are becoming bigger and bigger and I guess that 
the point why a lot of university are interested in this processes. On 
Wednesday Joerg was interviewed by a guy from the University of Berne. 
Today it was my turn. A guy from the University of Munich asked me a lot 
of questions about the Fedora community, how we works, how the 
leadership is guiding us, how we are making decisions, what influences 
Red Hat has, what the ways are for building a good working community, 
and so on and on. At the end it took 40 min to answer all his questions. 
I guess that Max will kick my ass when we meet the next time because I 
have definitely a lack of knowledge about the work and the influence of 
the board, the position and the exact role of the community manager and 
the handling of important decisions which affects Red Hat and Fedora. 
Next time I will be more prepared, I promise...

As usual the event was in a familiar atmosphere and it's was very good 
to meet a lot of people from the last OpenExpo and other projects again.

Some numbers...

     * more or less 5 attendees -> 60% increase in comparison to the 
last OpenExpo in 2007 (there were exactly 4 ambassadors and 3 Red Hat 
employees. I don't took Alan and Jan into account because we didn't 
expected that Jan will be there too and that Alan hang around at your 
booth all time)
     * 150 flyers -> all gone (only one of the copy masters is left. 
Fortunately it did not disturb the people that the quality of the copies 
was not as good as I would gladly have had it)
     * around 70 Live CDs -> all gone
     * approximated 200 Install media Fedora 8 (from Red Hat Germany) -> 
all gone
     * 20 Fedora Sticker -> all gone
     * FUDCon rubber bands still a huge amount left
     * T-Shirts "I am Fedora" still a lot left (it's very useful to have 
some t-shirts in the back hand because if there are any new attendees 
they can wear them)
     * My impression was that there were more visitors than last autumn 
but this is only subjective. We hope that we will get some numbers about 
the visitors soon.

Some remarks...

     * IMHO tables are not the right way to present anything to visitors 
because tables are too low and often too small. For looking at the XO 
everybody had to stoop when the battery of the XO was empty. Next point, 
even if you have free chairs the visitors will not take a seat. 
Excepting they have a lot of specific question or want an interview.
     * Don't sit the whole day at your table behind your laptop and 
hack. This shows to the visitors "move away and don't ask me anything". 
Just a little reminder. This issue was discussed already many many times 
in the past.
     * Having flyers is as important as Live media because nobody can 
remember 68 URLs...
     * Fedora Ambassador Business cards are apparently a most have. 
During the last year I used around 15 pieces most for PGP keysigning. 
During OpenExpo for me it would have been possible to give away around 
30 because some people are interested in talks about Fedora and others 
just want to have a Fedora contact in their city.

Now it's time to say "thank you" to all attendees. I like to thanks 
Frederik Bijlsma from Red Hat Frankfurt to provide us with a lot of 
Fedora 8 Install DVDs and helping at the booth. Again Alan Cox for the 
donation of the cybertool for the European Eventbox and that he hanged 
out a lot of hours at our booth and make people stop. Jan Wildeboer for 
his sweeping lightning talk during the social event and for taking care 
of the business interested visitors who have any questions about RHEL. A 
big thank goes to red (Sandro Mathys) for taking care of the install 
zone and Timea Rusz for helping at the booth, too. Joerg Simon for 
bringing all the stuff from FOSDEM like the posters, textile banners, 
Live media, t-shirts, and the XO. Without their help it would not have 
been possible to cover this event.


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