[openstack-community] OpenStack Birthday Feedback
tristan at aptira.com
Tue May 17 06:42:13 UTC 2016
They've always been a bit of a dud event here. I think because culturally
we are cynics and I've always thought having a birthday party for software
is up there with having one for your cat.
Speaker travel is not ideal because so many of the chatterboxes in
OpenStack work for multinationals and possibly don’t need it. Reversing
that to get more people TO speakers would be better. (ie use the money for
more summit travel support)
I agree that many new meetup groups can use a monetary kick along until
their sponsors pick up the ball.
Perhaps let's be creative. Put the $ can go towards something that
incentivises developing and emerging economies participation in OpenStack.
What about an annual birthday $500 scholarship/prize to folks that
writes/creates/proposes something awesome?
*From:* Kavit Munshi [mailto:kavit at aptira.com]
*Sent:* Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:50 PM
*To:* Kendall Waters <kendall at openstack.org>
*Cc:* Community at lists.openstack.org
*Subject:* Re: [openstack-community] OpenStack Birthday Feedback
We have thought of the past birthday celebrations as another meetup with a
special purpose, that is sponsored by the Foundation (with cake :)) instead
of our regular sponsors.
If the funds used for this can be better utilised with speaker travel
sponsorships, I would be all for that.
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On 16 May 2016 at 20:35, Kendall Waters <kendall at openstack.org> wrote:
For the past few years, the Foundation has contributed funding & graphics
for "birthday parties" organized by official user groups around the world.
It's something we have celebrated each year in July, and in 2015 we hit a
pretty big milestone with the 5th birthday. We typically create and
distribute graphics and a presentation, help promote the events and give
qualifying groups $500 USD to supplement costs for food / space / etc.
Since we passed the 5-year milestone, we wanted to start a discussion with
user group leaders and the community to see how much value you find in the
birthday parties. Are they an important tradition for your local community
members, or should we redirect funding and efforts to other user group
activities, such as sponsoring speaker travel?
We would love your feedback - are the OpenStack birthdays something that
you would like the Foundation to continue supporting?
PS - User group leaders should also have received communication from your
local Ambassador directly about the availability of funding for special
activities. If you haven't seen that yet, contact your Ambassador:
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