Learning From LFNW (Linux Fest North West)

April 30, 2009

The organizers of the Fest did a Fantastic job. From the time that we arrived at around 9:45am we were treated more like friends or family by everyone that we met. I think part of there  success is the fact that the whole thing even though it is well organized is still a very relaxed atmosphere; almost reminds me of the 70’s back in Palo Alto California.

I think alot of there success is also due to the fact that they promo to all and for all..they have ads on the radio, Facebook, WordPress, Twitter ,and I am sure more, that I have been able to find..most of the non teckie promos were geared more towards family’s and Micro$oft users..so in their words..

“…free, and all ages are welcome. Registration is not required to attend—just show up and have fun!…”

“..Family event bring everyone…”

“…There are exhibits and presentations that will appeal to business people, students, hobbyists and families…”

Like I said in my previous post .. I still feel that here was one common thread that all the booths seemed to have a hard time with; Maybe because I was a Carny and a D.J. back in the day..I find it easy to talk to people strangers or not..if we are going to be running a booth, we need to be the ones reaching out to them not them to us..kind of like a pitch man does or a carny does or a D.J. does with music ..

The Organizer’s of the LFNW did a great job on reaching out to us and the community it is up to us to reach out to the community that they have brought to us…

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Linux Fest NorthWest

April 28, 2009

LFNW was held in Bellingham, Washington, USA.  on April 25-26. This was our first Fedora Event to attend as Fedora Ambassadors. Larry Cafiero ‘s Fedora First: An introduction presentation went great even with the technical difficulties that he had that were beyond anyone’s control. Larry’s presentation and   One Laptop Per Child by Iain Davidson were the 2 presentations that we realy wanted to attend and were able to do this even though it was a great turnout for the FAD and at the booth, it was great having all the help at the booth .Karsten WadeJeff SandysLarry Cafiero made it possible for all of us to work the event and still see the presentations that we all wanted to see (sorry for the people that I missed listing that were at the FAD I do not know who was at the FAD..)

I did learn something from this event in particaular.. that is I think that for the smaller community events like this we should try to organize the FAD and the booth with a “Theme” to pull them more together.. The booth as a intro and the FAD as more detailed. I also did a count of 54 children under the age of 15; I do not know how many people attended this event but if the numbers are about the same as the last LFNW that puts under 15 at about 11% of the attendees we should realy make sure that we have not only things for the kids that age; ie. EDU SPIN, but specificaly for parents..for example demos on  how easy it is to set-up Firefox for safe browsing…how to setup a custom login and GUI for the child say like SUGAR.. etc. etc.

I also had a chance to go and check out the other booths..There was one common thread that I feel they all failed at.. we need to ask the patrons first not wait for them to ask there question.. I found to many people did not even know how to word the question that they wanted to ask..

We need to make sure we can all answer the questions —

  1. What is Fedora?
  2. What can I run on Fedora?
  3. What is Linux? ( Which was asked often )
  4. What is Fedora?

These answers should be for the non-linux users not just the linux friendly. Make sure that we can answer these questions by showing them on laptop at the booth not just with words.

I also noticed that the OLPC’s at the booth seemed to be the thing that was bringing people to our booth that were non Linux users. I think we as Fedora Ambassadors really should all try to learn at least the basics in Python coding..well I am really tired so that is going to be all for our first post to our blog..