Braun Brelin wrote:
>why do you need someone to donate hardware? Don't ILUG'ers have their
>own PC's/Laptops? What exactly does the ILUG need that it can't
>provide for itself?
>Are you not getting the booth for free?
No it is not free it costs. So we want €4000 at a minimum. That does not
buy us tables chairs CDs or paper that information on it to hand out. It
is all cheap stuff but it costs when added up.
Last year we ended up supplying all the high end kit ourselves, along
with the smoke and mirrors.
We have not been able to plan because we don't know what we are getting,
so we found ourselves without a story. In the past we could not enter
into arranging a set up or enter agreements until a sponsor is known,
why because they will want exclusive access to the stand. We have had
that before, it works to some level.
However if you find out with 24 hours that you are going to have X as
your sponsor it implies you get to do Y. But there is no relationship,
no time just a couple of mad phone calls and what have you.
So the objective is to tell the Linux Story according to ILUG, to
achieve this story we can do it with your laptop and mine and others or
maybe get a loan of some "big" kit. If we are beholden to others then we
don't get to engage early and so forecasting what we are going to do is
not possible. The thing is the reach of the show, its audience, if we
have something we can tell them in terms of a story, it will become
obvious that people will want to see it.
The show is expensive in terms of meetings and trying to get a few
bodies there, it does not happen easily.
Last year Niall W and I spent in well excess of 120 hours in and about
the show, don't ask, I don't mind that if it is productive. It was more
like talk about talk. We are there to tell a story to the people who
turn up, getting to plan it is a good thing.
This is why we took this route.
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