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Hi all,

Florian Effenberger wrote (17-12-12 14:03)
.... The Document Foundation hasreceived the following two proposals
for hosting the LibreOffice Conference 2013, ...
* Milan, Italy
* Montreal, Canada
In the meantime, we invite the community to discuss with
the proponents on our discuss mailing list

Thanks to all for the proposals!
It is encouraging to see that we have two great opportunities.
And since the teams suggest different dates, we could choose both!
(of course just kidding - in case you do not yet know me ;-) )

What I see, is that both proposals write about a link with the 'local' evolution of open source and the possibility to host the LibreOffice Conference. Which comes to my mind as a natural strength.

Maybe it's possible for both teams to spend some more words on the timing?
Is there any special local event or project or ... what makes it more attractive for you to organise it especially in 2013? Or might 2012 (too late) or 2014 be just as fine (from that perspective)? Are there opportunities / projects that help embedding the conference as a part of for example wider support and acceptance for open source? (Of course just hosting the conference helps in this perspective, but it may be more effective when it is a planned part of a wider chain, flow.)

It is challenging for our community I think to have the opportunity to jump over the ocean for the LibreOffice conference venue. From how history has grown, nearly all previous conferences were held in Europe (for easiness I also count the conferences that were held before the making free of the OpenOffice project). It's certainly an opportunity to build a bridge. But I've no idea if Montreal makes it easier and cheaper for people from e.g. the US to join. Maybe someone can tell about that?

In the Montreal proposal I see that the proposed time is from Friday evening until say Monday evening (October 11-14), because of the availability of the location during those days. We are used to a conference of three full day's tracks, and one (half) day in advance for more community-related meetings. And then often some extra time for social/tourist related events. Would there be an opportunity to host for the community meetings too? It does not mean that the same location should be available an extra day I think, but some good place, in the same area for convenience would of course be nice.

Thanks in advance for trying to help me making up my mind!
I do not promise - by the way - that no new questions will pop up after reading the replies ;-)


 - Cor

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