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NewsForge: Organizing a FLOSS Conference

Apr 03, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Coletti)

"At CaFeLUG, the local Free Software User Group in Capital Federal, Argentina, we have been putting on different types of installfests, technical meetings, annual conferences, and traditional LUG meetings for several years now. From them we've learned a lot about how to organize a technical conference. This article covers all the things you should think of before putting on an event. By hearing what worked for us and what didn't, maybe you can avoid making some of the mistakes we made.

"Your first step should be to define the conference's objective. Is it the general purpose of spreading the word about FLOSS, or is the purpose more specific, such as taking FLOSS to the government (public administration), or about biometric free software used in the Ethiopian region of Tigray...?"

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