FW: 2020 OSF Events & coronavirus

Bal√°zs Gibizer balazs.gibizer at est.tech
Mon Mar 9 09:23:27 UTC 2020



On Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 10:15, Artem Goncharov 
<artem.goncharov at gmail.com> wrote:
> You are very right Dmitriy.
> 
> One thing to add: it is currently absolutely unpredictable how 
> situation will look like in June, but we need to get travel 
> approvals, visas, reservations already now. And at least in central 
> Europe all companies (especially big ones) are now in the alarmed 
> state with incredibly strengthen travel regulations, so that at least 
> for me even to start discussion about travel is very hard.

I can second that. In theory I have the travel approval to go to 
Vancouver but at the same time all non business critical travel is 
suspended until further notice by my employer. So right now I can only 
wait for the situation to unfold.

gibi

> 
> Artem
> 
> ----
> typed from mobile, auto-correct typos assumed
> ----
> 
> On Mon, 9 Mar 2020, 10:10 Dmitry Tantsur, <dtantsur at redhat.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 
>> It seems that the critical bit we don't know for sure is whether and 
>> to what extent the virus is affected by warmer weather. If it 
>> behaves similarly to flu, June should be safe, otherwise we will 
>> likely have to cancel it. Nothing can be reliably said about Berlin 
>> at this point...
>> 
>> Personally, I've been a long-term proponent of virtual events for 
>> many reasons, health situation included. As much as I would miss 
>> hanging out with everyone...
>> 
>> Dmitry
>> 
>> On Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 9:58 PM Mark Collier <mark at openstack.org> 
>> wrote:
>>> I wanted to make sure everyone saw this thread on the foundation 
>>> mailing list, since I know not everyone is subscribed to both lists:
>>> 
>>>  Archive: 
>>> http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/foundation/2020-March/002852.html
>>> 
>>>  Please join that ML thread to share feedback on this topic, or you 
>>> can reach out directly to myself or jonathan at openstack.org
>>> 
>>>  I saw first hand how we all pulled together during the 
>>> Snowpenstack in Dublin, so I know we'll once again pull together as 
>>> a community to get through this!
>>> 
>>>  Mark
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>  On Friday, March 6, 2020 12:55pm, "Mark Collier" 
>>> <mark at openstack.org> said:
>>> 
>>>  > Stackers,
>>>  >
>>>  > Before I get into the current plans for the OSF events in 
>>> Vancouver and Berlin, I
>>>  > wanted to say a few words in general about the virus impacting 
>>> so many people
>>>  > right now.
>>>  >
>>>  > First, I wanted to acknowledge the very difficult situation many 
>>> are facing
>>>  > because of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), across open source 
>>> communities and local
>>>  > communities in general (tech or otherwise). I also want to say 
>>> to everyone who is
>>>  > on the front lines managing events, from the full time staffers 
>>> to the volunteers,
>>>  > to the contractors and production partners, that we have some 
>>> idea of what you're
>>>  > going through and we know this is a tough time. If there's 
>>> anything we can do to
>>>  > help, please reach out. In the best of times, event organization 
>>> can be grueling
>>>  > and thankless, and so I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone 
>>> who does the
>>>  > organizing work in the communities we all care so much about.
>>>  >
>>>  > OSF 2020 EVENTS
>>>  >
>>>  > When it comes to the 2020 events OSF is managing, namely the 
>>> OpenDev + PTG in
>>>  > Vancouver June 8-11 and the Open Infrastructure Summit in Berlin 
>>> October 19-23,
>>>  > please read and bookmark this status page which we will continue 
>>> to update:
>>>  > 
>>> https://www.openstack.org/events/covid-19-coronavirus-disease-updates
>>>  >
>>>  > When it comes to our community, the health of every individual 
>>> is of paramount
>>>  > concern. We have always aimed to produce events "of the 
>>> community, by the
>>>  > community" and the upcoming event in Vancouver is no exception. 
>>> The OpenDev tracks
>>>  > each morning will be programmed by volunteers from the 
>>> community, and the project
>>>  > teams will be organizing their own conversations as well each 
>>> afternoon M-W, and
>>>  > all day Thursday.
>>>  >
>>>  > But the larger question is here: should the show go on?
>>>  >
>>>  > The short answer is that as of now, the Vancouver and Berlin 
>>> events are still
>>>  > scheduled to happen in June (8-11) and October (19-23), 
>>> respectively.
>>>  >
>>>  > However, we are willing to cancel or approach the events in a 
>>> different way (i.e.
>>>  > virtual) if the facts indicate that is the best path, and we 
>>> know the facts are
>>>  > changing rapidly. One of the most critical inputs we need is to 
>>> hear from each of
>>>  > you. We know that many of you rely on the twice-annual events to 
>>> get together and
>>>  > make rapid progress on the software, which is one reason we are 
>>> not making any
>>>  > decisions in haste. We also know that many of you may be unable 
>>> or unwilling to
>>>  > travel in June, and that is critical information to hear as we 
>>> get closer to the
>>>  > event so that we can make the most informed decision.
>>>  >
>>>  > I also wanted to answer a FAQ by letting everyone know that if 
>>> either event is
>>>  > cancelled, event tickets and sponsorships will be fully 
>>> refunded. Please note that
>>>  > if you're making travel arrangements (e.g. flights, hotels) 
>>> those are outside of
>>>  > our control.
>>>  >
>>>  > So as we continue to monitor the news and listen to health 
>>> experts to make an
>>>  > informed decision on any changes to our event plans, we'd like 
>>> to hear from
>>>  > everyone in the community who has a stake in these events. Our 
>>> most pressing topic
>>>  > is of course Vanvouver, but if you have questions or concerns 
>>> about the Berlin
>>>  > plan feel free to share those as well.
>>>  >
>>>  > If you'd like to connect directly, you can always contact 
>>> Executive Director
>>>  > Jonathan Bryce (jonathan at openstack.org) or myself 
>>> (mark at openstack.org).
>>>  >
>>>  > Key Links:
>>>  > - STATUS PAGE:
>>>  > 
>>> https://www.openstack.org/events/covid-19-coronavirus-disease-updates
>>>  > - Vancouver OpenDev + PTG 
>>> https://www.openstack.org/events/opendev-ptg-2020/
>>>  > - Berlin Open Infrastructure Summit: 
>>> https://www.openstack.org/summit/berlin-2020/
>>>  >
>>>  > Key Dates for OpenDev + PTG in Vancouver:
>>>  > - Schedule will be published in early April
>>>  > - Early bird deadline is April 4
>>>  > - Final day to sponsor will be May 4
>>>  > - Final registration price increase will be in early May
>>>  >
>>>  > Mark Collier
>>>  > COO, OpenStack Foundation
>>>  > @sparkycollier
>>>  >
>>>  >
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 





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