Re: IDLELO 5: March 19 - 23 2012

On Sat, January 28, 2012 12:27 pm, Ben Konrath wrote:
> Hi Karen,
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM, Karen Sandler <karen gnome org> wrote:
> <snip>
>> Thanks for letting everyone know about IDLELO - I think it's really
>> important for GNOME to have a presence there.
> No problem. It would be great if GNOME had a booth there again!
>> I'm cc'ing foundation-list

I removed foundation-list to cut down on traffic there :)

>> to remind folks that the GNOME Foundation could probably fund travel for
>> any GNOME member who wanted to go to IDLELO, experience Nigeria and
>> promote GNOME!
> If the Foundation does decide to fund travel for somebody, they should be
> aware of the travel advisories currently active for Nigeria. A quick
> search
> of the advisories from the U.S. [1], Canada [2], and the U.K. [3] shows
> that only essential travel is recommended. I don't know off hand how these
> advisories relate specifically to the Federal Capital Territory (where
> Abuja is located) or if these advisories will be active in March during
> Idlelo. My initial feeling is that it will be difficult for somebody to go
> without some kind of local support / security while they are in Nigeria.
> Providing this kind of local support might be beyond the scope of what the
> Foundation can arrange. Perhaps this is something that should be discussed
> with FOSSFA if the Foundation is thinking about providing some sponsorship
> again.
> That said, I don't want to discourage anybody interested in going. I would
> be more than happy to help out whoever wants to go as much as I can. This
> would also be a great opportunity for me to update the marketing flyers
> that I made specifically for the developing world:

Thanks for the warning and for the additional information!

> I also found this page about Idlelo 5 on the Fedora wiki:
> It's pretty sparse but it seems somebody was interested enough to create
> it. We should check in with them and the folks at Mozilla to see if they
> are planning to send anybody. It would probably be a good idea to try
> collaborate with them if either of them are sending people (shared booth,
> stay at the same hotel, shared local transportation etc).

Great idea! If someone is interested and able to attend, we'll definitely


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