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[tdf-discuss] Re: Hackfest kit ?


Hi Immanuel, Eike,

On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:30:43PM +0200, Eike Rathke wrote:
Obviously you need a room capable to hold the expected number of people
with tables and proper seating. We were ~20 people on the Hamburg
Hackfest last weekend, ~25-30 in Munich last year, but these numbers are
probably higher than what can be expected for Montreal because Germany
is somewhat the home play for LibreOffice and within good reach for
European hackers.

For Montreal, promoting the event locally would be even more important. It
would be highly helpful to find some connection to a local computer science
department (maybe even get the support of a professor), to get some students on
board. Print flyers and posters.[1]

With regard to missing "home play", you likely need to sponsor to fly in some
some experienced hackers to bootstrap the event. I would even consider calling
them speakers -- it suggests a shy interested reader that he can come by and
can passively consume a talk. Depending on the audience that may be the start,
but in the long run, we ideally want to do an introduction and then move on to
a more workshop-like feeling to get things done.

Last but not least, have fun and hack :-)

One more organizational thing: Offer distibuted couchsurfing in some kind or
way -- not only is it a cheap accomodation, it also helps creating social
bonding[2].

Best,

Bjoern

[1] template: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/File:HackfestHamburg2013Flyer.odg
[2] Im saying that as someone being told "You should call your mother more
    often!" on the Hackfest. ;)

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