It might seem a little early but as we start 2022 and the third year of pandemic life, we are beginning to think about our annual contributor conference. The Flock/Nest planning team (@mattdm @bcotton myself and Jen, Veronica, & Natalie from Red Hat events) met recently to talk about what 2022 could look like for Fedora’s conference.
One thing we agreed upon is that things are still uncertain for the upcoming year and our collective fight against COVID-19. We threw around all kinds of ideas of what our annual gathering could look like. After going round and round, we decided to ask for the Fedora community’s input. Please note, this is not a vote. We want to get the community’s input to ensure we are serving Fedora well with regards to events. The planning group will take whatever feedback we receive here to inform the decision about what we will do for 2022.
Let’s lay some groundwork.
- The FCAIC is the lead organizer (me!) with numerous other responsibilities
- We have support from the Mindshare Committee to guide decision making around the event
- We have support from Red Hat events to execute coordination around parts of the event (i.e. hotel venue or the swag packs)
- We can tentatively set the first or second weekend of August as the dates
- As far as budget- it was tight when we ran Flock, looser now that we have been running Nest. We have been able to do other things (i.e. 2 sessions of Outreachy instead of 1, sending 650+ swag packs internationally)
- Flock to Fedora consisted of 150-200 contributors from all over the world for 3 days of in person sessions, workshops, and socializing. A lot of quality time- spontaneous conversations, plenary work, and other serendipitous connections.
- Nest with Fedora consisted of 500-750 contributors from all over the world for 3 days of virtual sessions, workshops, and socializing. We reached a LOT more people with Nest with Fedora, but the quality and length of the interactions are naturally lower based on format.
Based on our current team capability and available resources, here are the main directions we see going forward, but we are open to other ideas.
- Continue on with Nest with Fedora only for the time being. Continue to make improvements on our virtual events overall.
- Organize Flock to Fedora in Detroit. Bring as many people as we can. Discontinue Nest with Fedora for the time being.
- Continue with Nest with Fedora, accompanied by distributed local in person local events (i.e. Detroit, Brno, Mexico City, Pune) organized by Fedora Ambassadors or other volunteers. Local events & Nest would not overlap so that it would not detract from either events.
Some questions and thoughts to consider.
- What impact will it have to not meet in person? Are we already feeling the effects of that?
- Will it be safe to bring people from all over the world to the US? If we can’t bring everyone, will it be the same?
- Are people feeling comfortable traveling in 2022?
- What do we value most for our collective community? What do we need as a community? Reaching as many folks as possible with a fair experience (virtual), or reaching less people with an excellent experience (in person)?
Looking forward to feedback!