I do organise all this when I run the FOSDEM stall, I've always
struggled to get anyone else to take an interest ahead of time,
hopefully the interest now means that next December there will be more
interest.  Mind the other usual problem with FOSDEM is the practical
reality of having someone with a car to bring stuff there.


On Fri, Feb 09, 2018 at 08:56:27PM +0100, tetris4 wrote:
> From what is discussed so far, I see two ways to further approach this: being
> reactive and proactive.
> In being reactive, we can indeed prepare in advance answers to a set of
> questions that we expect being asked at an event. As Adriaan mentioned, this 
> is
> not always straightforward. But we could have general responses (what is 
> KDE?),
> more specific depending on the event's topic (How is KDE developed? What are
> Frameworks, Kirigami?) or related to the things we choose to showcase at the
> booth (Plasma Desktop, Slimbook). KDE is very big, and most of us are involved
> and have a good grasp of only a fraction of the software that is produced 
> under
> the KDE umbrella, so having some go-to responses always helps.
> In being proactive, we can definitely step up our game. We should narrow down
> the message we want to convey at the specific time and place and be active in
> reaching out to people regarding this. The chosen topic can be highlighted in 
> a
> very direct and focused way. To give an example, let's say we take FOSDEM 2019
> in mind. We could choose to focus on Plasma Mobile, so we need to have the
> appropriate tools to promote it (videos, brochures, activities, hardware,
> partnerships, t-shirts, stickers). So you end up sharing a particular story 
> and
> giving the audience a unified experience about the chosen topic to attract
> their attention and inform them accordingly. We could attempt to measure the
> impact from such efforts afterwards in terms of visits to projects' websites,
> mailing lists, interest from new people etc.
> Neofytos
> On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 10:28 AM, Jonathan Riddell <j...@jriddell.org> wrote:
>     On Thu, Feb 08, 2018 at 11:27:29PM +0100, Adriaan de Groot wrote:
>     > Well-said. There's two aspects:
>     >  - why are we here (at this specific event)?
>     It's the largest free software expo going, it keeps us in contact with
>     our user and contributor community, if we weren't there or at similar
>     events it would suggest we weren't a significant part of the free and
>     open source movement.
>     >  - what message do we want to spread?
>     When I organise it I plan demos of the best of KDE's output from the
>     last year and some spiel to promote it.  Many KDE people ignore the
>     demos and chat their own lines which is fine too.
>     Jonathan

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