[Ambassadors] Fedora Events Budget

Jeffrey Tadlock linux at elfshadow.net
Sat Mar 15 13:06:23 UTC 2008

Max Spevack has alluded to the increased budget we have for Fedora
Events this upcoming year.  We are sure many have been wondering what
this means for the Ambassadors as we prepare for events all around the
world.  FAmSCo has been busy getting information from Max and working
with him to figure out the processes we will use to handle these

We operate on the Red Hat fiscal year for purposes of this budget.
The Red Hat fiscal year quarters run as follows:

March 2008 - May 2008
June 2008 - August 2008
September 2008 - November 2008
December 2008 - February 2008

Money has been set aside specifically for larger events and $12,000
USD has been set aside for global events and swag per quarter.
Additional details are available from the Community Architecture
Budget page [1] in the wiki.

We are already into the first quarter and FAmSCo will work with the
budget "on the fly" for events within the first quarter.

For the second quarter starting in June 2008 we will be using a more
formalized process to determine how to distribute the funds.  We will
use the Fedora Events page [2] in the wiki to determine which events
will be considered.  Because of this it will be imperative to make
sure any event you are planning needs to be on that page.  We are
setting a deadline of May 1st, 2008 to have events posted that fall in
the second quarter (June 2008 to August 2008) to the Fedora Events

With an increased budget comes an increased responsibility as well.
Max and the community architecture team has worked hard to help obtain
the funds we need.  In order to justify the increased budget we will
need to show how this additional money has helped us spread Fedora to
more people and made an impact.

We will do this through increased event reporting.  Many have already
seen the event reports starting to be sent to the mailing lists and
appearing on planet.fp.o.  These reports are a quick way to raise
visibility of Fedora and the events we attend.

If you receive funds for an event from Fedora Project, these reports
will be a requirement of receiving those funds.  Event reports should
include one blog post per day of event, a summary post to the
Ambassadors list, the blog should be part of Fedora Planet and they
should be completed within one week of the end of the event.  We will
be providing some additional guidelines of possible things to
highlight from an event.

FAmSCo is also developing a more templated report which can be
reported to FAmSCo to aid in the gathering of metrics to help justify
the increased budget.

This has been a long email, but we wanted to make sure the Ambassador
community was aware of what was happening.  We will post additional
details as we get them worked out.  In summary, these are the
important points to take from this email:

** We have an increased Fedora Event budget this year

** We need any events that need funds during the second quarter (June
2008 to August 2008) to be added to the Fedora Events page no later
than May 1st, 2008.

** If you receive funds for an event there will be reporting
requirements which include blog postings to Fedora Planet, a summary
report to the Ambassadors mailing list and a metrics based report to

These are exciting times!  Please let any FAmSCo member [3] know if
you have any questions.

Jeffrey Tadlock
on Behalf of FAmSCo

[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CommunityArchitecture/Expenses
[2] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents
[3] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/SteeringCommittee/

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