[FOSDEM] FOSDEM 2013 feedback

Philip Paeps philip at fosdem.org
Fri Feb 8 15:05:03 CET 2013

On 8 Feb 2013, at 12:09, Ludovic Brenta <ludovic at ludovic-brenta.org> wrote:
>> On Fri, 08 Feb 2013, Dodji Seketeli wrote:
>>> I too found that FOSDEM was great this year too.  I have been
>>> attending the event each year for over a decade now and I must
>>> say that I am impressed to see it kick ass like this year over
>>> year.
>>> Do the organizers know approximately how many attendants did the
>>> registration this year?
>> According to closing event, there was around 7000 visitors :
>> http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8445085831_4a6d5263ac_h.jpg
>> (extrapolated from number of connections on the network)
> This estimate uses too many unverified hypotheses like the number of
> devices per visitor and, implicitly, the percentage of the time when
> visitors were connected on the network.

Yes.  I am always hesitant about throwing numbers out.  Our official
estimate (still current as far as I'm concerned!) of "5000+" attendees
is based on network statistics, corroborated by catering statistics,
t-shirt sales, fill levels of the buildings and fire regulations.

We will have an extensive discussion about adjusting our guestimated
attendance figure at debriefing meeting later this month.  Until that
time: "more than 5000" is the only correct answer when anyone asks.

> A much more accurate estimate would be the number of flyers printed less
> the number of flyers remaining after FOSDEM.  Does anyone have these
> numbers?

That would be a large negative number. :)

 - Philip

Philip Paeps
Senior Reality Engineer
Ministry of Information

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