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openSUSE @ FOSSCOMM 2013

The openSUSE Project is planning to attend FOSSCOMM 2013

This page is part of the Ambassador Events. On the link you can find more events where openSUSE is, will be or has been present.
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General Information

 Event website FOSSCOMM 2013
 * Location: Athens, Greece
 * Date: 20 April 2013
   ** Booth Setup: April 20, 9:00-10:00
   ** End: April 21, 17:00
 * Opening Times:
 * How many attendees does the event have?
 * Who is organizing this event? Harokopion University, Department of Informatics and Telematics
 * What are the target visitors for this event? students/IT professionals/FOSS contributors/FOSS users/newbies/etc
 * Registration required? If yes, link here
 * Who is organizing this event from openSUSE? Efstathios Iosifidis

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What will be there


Of course, events need to be promoted! Social media:

  • See our social media contacts page to get the official openSUSE channels to promote your event
  • what's the hashtag of the event? #Fosscomm2013
    • Tweet that #openSUSE is coming!
  • what is the facebook event page? FOSSCOMM 2013
    • openSUSE facebook event page, if relevant? We won't have. Planing to promote our presentations at the official fb page.
  • mail to project, marketing and ambassador mailing lists done? Yes.
  • blogs: Connect, Efstathios Iosifidis blog, George Bratsos blog

Attendees, presence and travel info

 Who will attend from/for openSUSE?
 Please fill in your name if you're going. And arrival & departure date & time so maybe you can share a train or cab, and we might organize a hotel together. In case you need travel support (see * below) fill in your estimated travel costs.
reimbursement needs*
Helps at booth
Gives a talk (about)
User:Geeko openSUSE LAND Friday 17:00 Sunday 18:00 Hotel USD 200 I am green! Of course I help at booth! Will talk about oSC
User:Diamond_gr Thessaloniki, GR Friday 17:00 Sunday 18:00 Hotel Of course I help at booth! Will talk about something related. See above for talks
User:Drakevr Larissa, GR Friday 17:00 Sunday 18:00 Friend's place next to venue Of course I help at booth! Will talk about something related. See above for talks
User:Etern4L Larissa, GR Friday 17:00 Sunday 18:00 Hotel Of course I help at booth! Maybe talk about something related
User:differentreality Thessaloniki, GR Friday 12:00 Monday Friend's place next to venue Yes and I'll bring some material (check trello).
User:dastergon Serres, GR Friday 12:00 Monday Hotel Of course I help at booth and osc13 promo!
User:diomidis Athens,GR Anytime Anytime Of course I help at booth! (Laptop, SUSE goodies)

  • Add this if you need reimbursement for your travel and/or hotel costs. It is best to coordinate together to request travel support, for more information see the Travel Support Program page.


Some material is needed for the booth setup. Please add things you are able to provide:

How much?
Asked for HDMI monitor Efstathios Iosifidis 1 We'll play oSC video using my Pi. They'll provide us a monitor with DVI
Raspberry Pi Efstathios Iosifidis 2 Will be used for a presentation (E17 on pi) and playing oSC video
wireless mouse and keyboard Efstathios Iosifidis 1 set Will be used for a presentation (E17 on pi)

Please add the things which you may require from the international team. Be sure to share this with the -marketing list!

The international team can (depending on how much time there is and where you are) send you booth kits. These contain at least 100 openSUSE DVD's per box and depending on availability also:

  • 50 laptop stickers
  • 100 flyers
  • 3 posters
  • some pluche geeko's and/or other small goodies
  • green table cloth
  • bootable openSUSE USB stick with marketing materials and ready-to-go demo setup

On average, you need 1 kit per ~400 visitors (???).

# booth kits
# t-shirts
# other things?
4 0 will have only DVDs, oSC13 flyers, posters, cubes and buttons, openSUSE candies, less stickers, no pluche geeko and USB sticks

After the Event

Try to answer the questions below and get us the answers to help us improve our support for you!

FOSSCOMM2013 // Event report edit

  • About the visitors:
    • What kind of people come to the event? Students, developers, end-users
    • How technical is the event? Most of the talks were about professional tools and developement. Some of them were about the FOSS communities.
    • How much is it about 'open source'? Most people know what Free and Open Source is.
  • Attendance Details
    • Tell us about the event The first day we had our presentations. It went pretty well.
    • Did you have a booth and how did that work? Yes. Many people visited us asking us about 12.3 and conference.
  • did we meet noteworthy people? From organizations-companies that might help us with the conference and many people that are thinking about presentation proposal at the conference.
      • follow-up needed? Yes. I think we'll make the first step contacting them and then if we need more help, we'll ask marketing.
  • What can we improve for the future...
    • Would you go again? Yes
    • What more can you do to make it better?
  • Other Comments, like:
    • The booth/team operating well? Pretty well
    • Any interesting topic you heard:
    • Any feedback from outside: We had pretty good presence.

Talking points

  • Were you aware of [1]? Yes
  • and if so, is there anything to improve? If not, how can we ensure people DO know about these?

Posters The posters have three goals:

  1. get people intrigued
  2. draw them to our booth to ask questions
  3. give something to our ambassadors to talk about to booth visitors
  • note that ambassadors are often not as knowledgeable as the openSUSE developers are about what openSUSE does, so this is there to help you!


  • did you see people read the posters? Yes
  • did they lead to questions, did ppl come to the booth? Yes, about the conference.
  • did/can the booth people use the poster texts as 'talking points'?
  • anything else?


The flyers have three goals:

  1. give people something they can take home to study and find links to further information (we used to have people photograph the posters, that is why the flyers have the same information on them!)
  2. get people intrigued and get them to ask questions
  3. give something to our ambassadors to talk about to booth visitors
  • note that ambassadors are often not as knowledgeable as we are about openSUSE and need this


  • did people take the flyers, read them? Yes
  • did they lead to questions? Yes, about the conference
  • did/can the booth people use the flyers as 'talking points'? Yes. Open a discussion with a visitor about the conference.
  • anything else?

More stuff

  • We also have DVD's, stickers and pluche geeko's and t-shirts. We know the pluche geeko's are popular. How about the DVD's, T-shirts, stickers and other things? Do you think they're worth the effort? Can we improve? What do others do?

We had also buttons about conference. Buttons and DVD were popular.

Common Questions Asked edit

Please tell us what commonly asked questions you've got!

  • Questions about oSC13.
  • About Raspberry Pi.
  • Why install openSUSE and not other distro?

FOSSCOMM2013 About the presentations edit

Presentation materials go here if you have anything to share. Note that it is important to have things (translated, too!) in our github repo under marketing slides!

Recordings of the event edit

Google Plus album

Event pics