[linux-elitists] More on conferences...
dmarti at zgp.org
Wed Apr 29 20:33:52 PDT 2009
Here's what I sent out to previous LinuxWorld dot-org
participants about OpenSource World. IDG is cutting
back the scale of the event this year -- but that's
probably going to be the case for a lot of events that
people would otherwise travel to. We'll see how many
local Linux and free software freaks there are.
(You are receiving this mail because you're a
previous participant in the .org area at LinuxWorld
Conference and Expo, or because you have applied
or expressed interest in a booth in the .org area.)
This year, the show has a new format with a "sponsor
showcase" instead of the large trade show area.
The sponsor showcase is designed to make it easier for
smaller, innovative companies to exhibit on a turnkey
basis, instead of rolling out the whole circus of
a conventional trade show.
Changes from the old LinuxWorld include:
show schedule: the new format is one day of
"community day" events, then two days of regular
keynotes and technical sessions. This format
should be familiar to Southern California Linux
Cloud and Data Center: co-located with CloudWorld
and Next Generation Data Center. Those have their
own programs with separate program committees, and
are likely to attract an overlapping but different
IT audience. Time to break out of preaching to
Admission price: $0. Previously there was a very
easy-to-get "exhibits only" pass and a relatively
expensive full conference pass. Now, there's a
single pass, free of charge to qualified attendees
(plus, of course, .org volunteers.)
The .Org Zone at OpenSource World will be located
in a dedicated meeting room adjacent to the sponsor
showcase area. It will feature ten projects and
organizations, selected by the Program Committee.
We're looking for organizations that want to connect
with our audience of IT professionals. OpenSource
World is focusing on sysadmins and working IT
managers, not just developers and user group members.
This area is for projects that do not have a single
main corporate backer or sponsor -- however there is
a special rate on booth space in the main "sponsor
showcase" area for all dot-orgs, including in-house
or semi-in-house ones.
Organizations will receive a table for display and
discussion, electricity, and signage. To apply,
please fill out the web form at:
If you have any questions about participating
in OpenSource World this year, please mail me at
dmarti at zgp.org, or call me at 510-332-1587. If I
can't answer your question I'll put you in touch with
the right person at IDG World Expo HQ.
I know there are a lot of open source event
opportunities this year, but I hope you'll be able
to participate in the event that's offering free of
charge access to open source content and conversation
for the IT people who need it. Thank you for your
support of LinuxWorld, and looking forward to your
support for OpenSource World in the future.
OpenSource World 2009
P.S.: check out our conference Planet at:
http://planet.opensourceworld.com/ -- and if you're
planning to attend, send me the URL for your feed.
Don Marti +1 510-332-1587 mobile
dmarti at zgp.org
See you at OpenSource World: August 11-13, 2009 in San Francisco
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