Re: College outreach?

On Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 07:01:44PM +0100, David Neary wrote:
> Hi Sriram,
> Sriram Ramkrishna wrote:
> > But we had talked about marketing to college students at various places
> > around the world and I'm wondering if we've come up with the materials
> > for putting this into place?  There has been a number of proposals, but
> > I'm not sure if we made a firm commitment to use any of them.
> No materials yet. I'm hoping to get some time this week to work
> on some materials, I'm hoping that we can have something by the
> weekend that's not ridiculous.

Great!  No worries, we complete when we can.  I'd like to open this up
to the rest of the community and see if we can start a contest or 
something.  This might bring out some volunteers to spread at

> As to marketing to college students, that's definitely got to be
> a viral effort. We'll want to start worming out of the marketing
> team, find out who around the GIMP project is still a student,
> and use them as seeds in their local colleges. College reps will
> happen because we flatter computer club people by asking them to
> rep for us. Maybe they'll say no, but we need to ask.

Sounds good.

> That would be a huge effort for one person to take on, but as a
> two-level effort (with 1 person per country where we have
> marketing team people interfacing with LUGs, who interface with
> colleges) it could work.

Yeah, I'm not sure it should be one person.  Maybe some kind of team 
effort.  (College Outreach team)  Because that definitely sounds like
one of those revolving door positions. :-)  Again, I'd like to open this
up to the world and see who takes the bait.

> A prerequisite is a liveCD (Go Luis and Ken!) and some marketing
> materials (that's such a general term - I'd prefer if we start
> using the longer form "t-shirts, posters and leaflets").

TPLs? :-)  We need more abbreviations!

Sounds like everything depends on a base eg 'marketing materials'.
Looks like Luis, Ken, and Jeff/Ubuntu are working on such a thing.

I'm going to try to come up with some slogans this week.
It's one of those easy things I can do while I'm cleaning up the
house/cooking/chores. :-)


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