FW: 2020 OSF Events & coronavirus

Emilien Macchi emilien at redhat.com
Wed Mar 11 22:46:13 UTC 2020

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the transparency, as usual. I have a few thoughts, please read

On Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 4:04 PM Mark Collier <mark at openstack.org> wrote:

> 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 believe that we, as a community should show the example and our strengths
by cancelling the Vancouver event and organize a virtual event like some
other big events are doing.
There is an opportunity for the OSF to show leadership in Software
communities and acknowledge the risk of spread during that meeting; not
only for the people attending it but for also those in contact with these
people later.

I'm not a doctor nor I know much about the virus; but I'm not interested to
travel and take the risk to 1) catch the virus and 2) spread it at home and
in my country; and as a community member, I feel like our responsibility is
also to maintain ourselves healthy.

In my opinion, the sooner we cancel, the better we can focus on organizing
the virtual meetings, and also we can influence more communities to take
that kind of decisions.

Thanks Mark for starting that discussion, it's a perfect sign of how
healthy is our community; and hopefully it will continue to be.
Emilien Macchi
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