OSCON this year is 24-28 July, in Portland, Oregon, on the West Coast
of the USA. Sun will have a pod there, and OOo will be represented
by me and possibly others. (We were (or I was) hoping to have
engineers there to conduct workshops for developers--OSCON is not
quite FOSDEM but does appeal to funded developers--but it was a no
go. A more feasible candidate is now EuroOSCON, in September, the
week after OOoCon.)
OSCON can be a lot of fun though its "worthwhileness" is debatable.
All the open source projects already know about us, so the main
reason to attend is to help with technology and contributing, to
suggest where development can take place, and so on. Advertising the
product is useful, as industry reps do cruise the scene, and I'll
certainly try to come with up-to-date brochures and cds, but much of
the discussions in OSCON pertain to technology, community,
That said, it does offer a venue for anyone who would want to present
a short (10-15 min.) spiel on a particular element of OOo. Last
year, two people presented on features/elements of OOo in the Sun
pod, and there was a small audience for them. It went nicely.
If you are interested, let me know. I can't offer much. I'm probably
going to be funded by CollabNet to attend (I'll also be representing
CollabNet) and I believe OOo has no money, for this event. If you
live locally, in Portland, or the vicinity, that'd be great.