[FOSDEM] Conflict with LCA [was Re: Dates for FOSDEM 2013: 2 & 3 February]

Deb Nicholson deb at eximiousproductions.com
Mon Aug 13 19:30:43 CEST 2012


I'm happy to hear that *all three* conferences aren't scheduled concurrently. :)
Deb

On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM, Larry Cafiero <larry.cafiero at gmail.com> wrote:
> If it's of any help to the discussion, the Southern California Linux
> Expo (SCALE 10X) was held the weekend after LCA this year (LCA, it
> should be noted, is a weeklong event, and SCALE started on the Friday
> when LCA was wrapping up).
>
> Many -- me included -- were concerned that having more than one Linux
> event in the world at one time might dilute attendance and
> participation for both events. I can't speak for  LCA, but SCALE set
> an attendance record in 2012 despite its being scheduled so close to
> LCA.
>
> What we found is this: Linux and FOSS are big enough to have more than
> one event on one continent at one time. SCALE did not suffer from a
> lack of exhibitors, speakers or presentations because of LCA, and the
> only ones seemingly annoyed by the schedule change were those in the
> tech press who had to choose to go to one or the other event :-)
>
> Incidentally, we are back to our old schedule -- SCALE will be on the
> third weekend of February in 2013, to coincide with a US holiday on
> Monday after the weekend.
>
> I hope this helps.
>
> Larry Cafiero / Publicity chairperson / Southern California Linux Expo
>
>
> On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM, Philip Paeps <philip at fosdem.org> wrote:
>> On 2012-08-13 10:32:43 (-0500), Tom Marble <tmarble at info9.net> wrote:
>>> On 08/07/2012 10:44 AM, Philip Paeps wrote:
>>> > All, we have recently agreed with our venue that FOSDEM 2013 will take
>>> > place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February 2013.  It is safe to assume that
>>> > there will also be a beer event as usual, on Friday 1 February 2013.
>>> >
>>> > Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
>>>
>>> There is a small community of people would are hoping to attend
>>> both Linux Conf Australia (LCA) [0] and FOSDEM next year.
>>
>> That is unfortunate.
>>
>>> I fully appreciate how complex it is to select dates and
>>> organize FOSDEM (thank you for such an awesome conference)!
>>>
>>> Are the dates with ULB "written in stone"?
>>
>> Yes.  They're carved in concrete.  We are completely dependent on our venue
>> for dates.  The first weekend of February is the only one that does not in
>> some way conflict with their academic calendar.
>>
>> Unfortunately, it's pretty much impossible to organize anything anywhere
>> without conflicting in some way with something else.
>>
>>  - Philip
>>
>>
>> --
>> Philip Paeps
>> Senior Reality Engineer
>> Ministry of Information
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