FW: 2020 OSF Events & coronavirus

Miguel Lavalle miguel at mlavalle.com
Wed Mar 11 23:36:51 UTC 2020


At Verizon Media we haven't been told specifically we won't attend the
Vancouver event. However, all international travel is cancelled and
in-country trips are highly restricted



On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 5:47 PM Emilien Macchi <emilien at redhat.com> wrote:

> Hi Mark,
> Thanks for the transparency, as usual. I have a few thoughts, please read
> inline.
> 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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