Attend External Events: List of events to attend
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In this task we will compile a list of events we think may help us to promote KDE to a larger audience. Please submit your own proposals in the comments, preferably including details like dates, venue and URL for the next edition. Think out of the box too! We want to go be able to visit events that are not only related to open source, but any event where may find an audience receptive to our software. Think educational events, or events for designers, or for mobile device enthusiasts.

List off the top of our collective heads

  • MWC - Barcelona, SPAIN - 25 - 28 Feb 2019
  • ELCEU - Lyon, FRANCE - 28 - 30 Oct 2019
paulb created this task.Jan 18 2019, 3:10 PM
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Events I attended and could/might do again:
Augsburger Linux-Infotag, Augsburg, Germany: https://www.luga.de/Aktionen/LIT-2019/ Sat 6 April 2019
Tübix, Tübingen, Germany https://www.tuebix.org/ (tba, usually June)
LinuxDay Vorarlberg, Dornbirn, Austria https://www.linuxday.at/ (tba, usually Mid/End October, with @schweingruber )

Events to consider perhaps:
Chemnitzer Linuxtage, Chemnitz, Germany: https://chemnitzer.linux-tage.de/2019/de (Sat/Sun 16/17 March 2019, deadline for applications already passed iirc)

Similar list as @broulik

  • FOSDEM (this is blindingly obvious, but we should be aiming for a complete event calendar so that people can plan ahead)
  • Freenode#live (if it happens again)

Linux-day type things:

@rgomezantoli suggests the Bett Show which focuses on tech in education - not necessarily open source related, by the way. Next one is in five day from writing this (23 - 26 Jan London), so too soon to organise anything, but we should look at this for next year.

Would it make sense to split this list to FOSS related and non-FOSS related events?

In any case, CCC is one for the former: https://www.ccc.de/en/

Would it make sense to split this list to FOSS related and non-FOSS related events?

Let's get them all down and then we can split them. I agree the focus and content of non-FOSS related will be quite different from the FOSS-related. Even from one non FLOSS related event to another there will be a different focus, so we will have to do a whole lot of classifying, anyway.

In any case, CCC is one for the former: https://www.ccc.de/en/

Good one.

Events I attended and could/might do again:
Augsburger Linux-Infotag, Augsburg, Germany: https://www.luga.de/Aktionen/LIT-2019/ Sat 6 April 2019
Tübix, Tübingen, Germany https://www.tuebix.org/ (tba, usually June)
LinuxDay Vorarlberg, Dornbirn, Austria https://www.linuxday.at/ (tba, usually Mid/End October, with @schweingruber )

Ditto for all three actually, nice to start this early so we can plan ahead.

Good suggestions all around, great for planning.

It would be good to see more non FLOSS-related events. Looking inwards towards the community, to the group of people who already know about KDE is an excellent way of reinforcing our presence and position and reaching people who know of our stuff but, or never tried it, or who left it for whatever reason. This is what the "Welcome home" campaign is all about.

Promo must also look outwards to events and communities who have little or virtually no direct contact with free software and/or KDE. Think general IT and consumer electronic shows, the MWCs, IFAs, etc.. We want to be able to meet not only for the visitors, but also talk to our co-exhibitors, the small, medium and big guns of the industry, people who may be interested in preinstalling, sponsoring or contributing resources to our stuff.

Think also of businesses and professions that may not be directly related to IT. Most private doctors surgeries in Spain still keep patient's records on paper and often don't have even imaging software to see the results sent in on digital media from specialists. It should not be too difficult to take a laptop with GNU Health preinstalled on Plasma to a medical show. Enlist somebody with a medical background from our ranks (there must be somebody!) as an on-site expert and run a demo at a booth. We can do the same for designers and artists, as well as for teachers and school administrators.

My challenge to you is this: for every FLOSS-related event you can think of, go and find and research a non FLOSS-related event too and suggest both.

@broulik, @adridg and @neofytosk, you know what to do.

Events I attended and could/might do again:
Augsburger Linux-Infotag, Augsburg, Germany: https://www.luga.de/Aktionen/LIT-2019/ Sat 6 April 2019

They have now issued the Call for Participation: https://frab.luga.de/en/LIT2019/cfp/

Tübix is on Saturday, 6 July, and I just submitted a proposal for a 5 minute lightning talk about "KDE for universities" where I'll outline some of our offerings for students, perhaps stuff like Kile, some of our Edu apps, the fact that Plasma helps you stay focused on your tasks etc

I submitted a KDE booth for https://www.linuxday.at/

I submitted a KDE booth for https://www.linuxday.at/

I will attend as well