Re: GNOME Local user groups

On Thu, 2006-07-06 at 12:47 -0400, Fernando San Martín Woerner wrote:
> Hi all:
> In GUADEC i've been talking with people from the board and from other 
> local groups, as we talk there, local groups are a good chance to do 
> advocacy and get more users for GNOME and why not some hackers too.
> By today we have a good community, GUADEC is good example for this, but 
> also there are other ways to spread the word around the world.
> In Chile we started small meetings to train GNOME developers (Reuniones 
> de formación de desarrolladores de GNOME), our first goal was to train a 
> small group of developers to get a good level using GNOME platform, so 
> then we can invite some "Rock star" hacker to do some more advanced 
> talks. After two or three meetings we receive invitations from 
> universities asking us to give some basic talks to their students and 
> user groups, after two years we've been talking about GNOME in more than 
> 16 meetings, some of them with more than 100 people in the room, and 
> still we get invitations to give talks. A lot of those talks are just 
> for users but every advocacy is a good effort to bring more users to the 
> desktop.
> The same idea is doing by GNOME-Es at spain, so this is an invitation to 
> local groups to get organized and look forward how they can do advocacy 
> in their countries, every single step is one step forward to the same goal.
one thing that would be cool would be to have marketing materials
easily. It is a bit sad to say 'no, sorry, no t-shirts' to people asking
for some at conferences
Rodrigo Moya <rodrigo gnome-db org>

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