openSUSE:Organising a booth
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Materials you can request from SUSE
- Promo DVDs
- T Shirts
- Laptop Stickers
- Project Flyers
You can get these items if they are available You can request them on this page
When coming to the meeting, giving a T-shirt to the organiser as a gift is very appreciated.
Materials you can download, make and distribute
- English Banners
- Other langages and sources files for banners on git
- Geeko Origami
- Cheat sheets on zypper and OBS
Some Ideas which you may like to toy with
- Create some cool openSUSE Crossword puzzles and share it with kids
Requesting Booth Space
- Contact the event coordinator to request a booth:
- Ask detailed questions about the booth
- What size booth space? What size table? What shape table?
- is electrical power provided?
- Are there registration fees for the booth?
- What days and hours will the exhibit area be open to the public?
- What days and hours can you go in to set up the booth before open to the public? When is booth tear-down?
- If left overnight, is security provided in the exhibit hall?
- If shipping supplies is necessary, does the facility accept shipments?
Announcing your booth
- Distribute Flyers
- Tell your friends and kin to visit your booth
- Announce on openSUSE Mailing Lists
- If you are a part of your LUG tell them too
- Add the booth to the Events List
A Checklist of items that before leaving for the booth
- Promo Materials
- Adhesive tape
- Clean up products
- Paper towels
- Power Strip
- Power adaptors (if travelling internationally)
Talking Points and how to interact
- A list of Talking Points can be found here
- Maybe distribute Geekos after asking some openSUSE questions
- Be enthusiastic
- Be polite
- Share your fun with others
At The booth
You are at your booth that made so many efforts to get and all you see is three empty walls and a table,or even worst only a dirty table,now what?
Don't let that or anything else get you down,remember you are the Boss now.
First of all and before you put out the promo material or anything else you have with you for the decoration of the booth,make sure the the booth is clean,if its not,clean it. A clean booth is of great importance.After that, think of the decoration of the booth first and then get your things out and put them in the place you thought,if you don't have a clue of how to decorate a booth and you are a bit nervous about it then relax and do the same procedure backwards. Put out your things and the promo material and just throw your things around and make the changes you want.Always listen to others on that,but listen does not mean follow so if you don't agree with something you were told just do it your way,remember you are in control.Use your creativity and try not to be nervous,all other things will come natural.
Now it's time for the event to start,you made all of the above and now you have to decide were to put your people (or your self if you are alone) to stand.The standard place you (all) can take is in front of your stuff. although some times this is not the best,once again do how you feel more comfortable and more correctly to you for the best result. If you are in a big event and you have more than 2 people assist you,better to give to one of your team member the role of refill the promo material and help the others to whatever they want. It may sounds a bit underestimating that there will be one serving the others but in a major event this role is critical for the success of the booth,remember a team is like a machine and even the smallest screw can prevent it from working.
The event started,people are passing by and they are getting interesting and ask a lot of things,all is great but you cannot manage to talk to everyone,don't get nervous about it,anyone who really wants to take information will wait.If you get nervous you might become rude to the one you are currently talking or you might not give the right information and prevent people use openSUSE with that. Remember, try not to become nervous and that it is possible not to be able to talk to all so if you cannot avoid it,its ok.Everybody knows that you are doing the best you can.
After the event
- Blog about it
- Share photos with us
- Let us know and we will try to put your event in our weekly news
- A very nice writeup can be found here