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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 10:33pm on 14/08/2008 under ,
New York city was proposed as a possible host city for DebConf in 2010. Naturally, this call had to be answered. So, Steve did. http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf10/Portland

Apparently, this proposal isn't getting much serious consideration, considering Other Answers.

But, it's a serious proposal. Steve and I are looking through logistics and building our local team. Surprisingly, it's... building quite well. And the ideas are forming even better. Steve has grand ideas for the technical conference portion of the event, while I have very strong views about the social and essential face-to-face fun aspects. The idea is... a bit overwhelming, but, I keep remembering: This is Portland. There's nothing to dislike about this city. There's nothing to hate here. It's laid back. It's beautiful. And it's a place to be immensely proud of.

I'm excited about the prospect of bringing Yet More People here. I'm excited about the promise of sharing *why I'm here* with everyone. I'm excited to bring DebConf to the area where OSCON is so successful. I want to show why it's so successful. I want to prove that the US isn't as scary as everyone makes it out to be. I want to change the orga team's attitude of resisting ideas with cynical outlooks to one of finding solutions to the problems, instead of trying to avoid them entirely.

DebConf should be about technical issues being resolved by face-to-face communication and getting to know other developers, spending time, sharing beer (or wine, or juice), laughing and generally seeing the person behind the text.

It's a delicate balance, and I know Portland is the perfect place to find that balance.

See you in Portland in 2010!
Mood:: 'optimistic' optimistic
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posted by [identity profile] jbailey.livejournal.com at 01:00pm on 15/08/2008
Except, didn't OSCON just announce they were moving to the bay area? =)

Of course, that means there's probably this lovely convention centre with space available...

I like these proposals, though. Simon Law and I were talking about bidding for Debconf 10 in Montreal. These are close enough that I don't feel the need. Unless we need a non-US option for folks to make it viable.

Perhaps 2012. Every 10 years in Canada will do. =)
posted by [identity profile] fvinnash.livejournal.com at 05:20pm on 16/08/2008
... Did OSCON announce they're moving in 2009? I can't seem to find that anywhere. Where did you hear about it? There's nothing on O'Reilly's website regarding OSCON 2009 in general, and no announcements about next year.

And, to be honest, I'm kind of annoyed at the folks wailing about US options. Getting VISAs here isn't more difficult than it would've been for Scotland considering Europe is following the US lead in immigrations in general at the moment.
posted by [identity profile] jbailey.livejournal.com at 07:46pm on 16/08/2008
Is it a matter of ability to get visas? I thought it was desire not to be fingerprinted, risk having their laptops confiscated, and risk being arrested for things that are legal in their home countries and are illegal in the US (like violating the DMCA and other such fun)

It was something I heard on the last day of oscon. I can't find a reference to it either.
posted by [identity profile] gravityboy.livejournal.com at 06:43pm on 15/08/2008
Yes plz.
posted by [identity profile] fvinnash.livejournal.com at 05:20pm on 16/08/2008


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