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On 9/27/17 5:14 PM, Mark Thomas wrote:
> All,
> TomcatCon London 2017 took place yesterday and was even more
> successful than hoped. We sold 16 tickets for a full day of content
> from 3 Tomcat committers.
> I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank our
> sponsors.
> Liferay generously provided the venue - including all the
> associated organisation. This provided us with a very nice venue,
> removed a significant amount of the organisational overhead and
> also removed all of the financial risk to the PMC members
> organising the event.
> c2b2 generously purchased 2 tickets and contributed towards the
> other expenses (speaker travel expenses, buying a microphone so we
> could record some of the sessions, name badges, etc,).
> We were able to record 4 out of the 6 sessions and these will be 
> uploaded to YouTube and linked from the Tomcat website hopefully by
> the end of the week.
> As planned, the event generated a sufficient surplus to underwrite
> the next event. With this in mind, thoughts are already turning to
> future events.
> We are looking for suggestions for possible locations for the next 
> event. Please add your suggestions to this thread.
> Some points to keep in mind:
> - Events close to one or more Tomcat committters will generally
> have lower overheads due to reduced travel costs. At this point
> that probably means Europe if the event runs without sponsorship.
> - Sponsorship to cover speaker travel and/or to provide a venue 
> increases the options available with regard to location. I was 
> serious when I said in a previous thread that the next event could
> be in India if a sponsor offered to provide a venue and cover
> speaker travel.
> If you'd like to discuss sponsorship options privately, please feel
> free to contact me off-list.
> With regards to timing, the aim is to try and organise one of
> these events every couple of months. That probably means we need to
> start thinking about event N+1 and N+2 in parallel.
> I look forward to your suggestions,

Washington, DC would be a lovely place to have a TomcatCon. :)

I'd be happy to organize the event. Not too many Tomcat committers in
the area, but lots of ASF folks are here, including jimjag (though his
schedule is sometimes awkward). We held a BarCampApache here in 2012
on a Saturday and got ~45 attendees. Tomcat would probably have a
smaller draw from that crowd, but there might be more locals who would
be more interested in a more focused set of topics rather than the
wide-ranging chaos that often accompanies a BarCamp.

There are quite a few big internet companies with presences around
here (e.g. Living Social, Facebook, etc.) but I'm not sure which ones
utilize Tomcat within their technology stack. They may be willing to
give us some meeting space, however, since most of those companies end
up being "friends of open source" even if they aren't
directly-benefiting from one particular tool.

- -chris
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