KDE at FOSDEM 2017 wrapup

Jonathan Riddell jr at jriddell.org
Wed Feb 15 15:17:41 UTC 2017

I also gave away £113 worth of KDE stickers I bought from
handylabels.co.uk.  These were very popular and all went on Saturday
morning.  The same quantity of lower quality stickers from vistaprint
have never gone as fast before.


On 6 February 2017 at 12:16, Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org> wrote:
> FOSDEM 2017 Wrapup
> We had a pleasingly successful FOSDEM this year with a KDE stall and
> Desktop devroom and KDE Slimbook launch party meal/drinks.
> We had 19 people at the Saturday party.  I asked for 200euro of food
> and charged people 20euro each which worked perfectly with enough
> money left over to buy everyone a beer.  Sadly no women at the party
> again which was commented on social media, la presidencia stood us up
> for VLC.  It was at http://www.magic-rubens.com/ which is owned by the
> same guy who runs the venue I've used in previous years but that's
> currently under repair http://www.lepaon.be/
> We ran a stall, only 1 table again which is tight for space but we
> managed.  Our notes say we sold:
> KDE India 2-shirts €20  24
> Vinyl Sticker €2   6
> 20 Years Book €12   12
> Neon Shirts  €25   6
> Cap  €5   4
> USB drives  €5   6
> Canvas bags  €5   3
> Lanyards    €2    6
> Mug   €5   4
> Neon Fez    €5    6
> Part of the Solution t-shirt   €15   2
> Krita DVD   €15   4
> These figues are not accurate, unfortunately we often forgot to write
> down what when sold so they are a large under-estimate.  We had a
> surplus of €935.40 which I've given to Lydia to bank.
> Stall demos were Slimbook, Docker images, Snappy package, Plasma
> Mobile and WikitoLearn all of which were popular.  We had signs with
> an intro on it for the stall.  The fezes gave us more visibility and
> despite David Edmundson's skepticism about their connection to
> anything whatsoever KDE they did sell out.
> I spent about €120 on KDE stickers from Handylabels which we gave out
> for free and were very popular so we ran out by Saturday afternoon,
> maybe ration them a bit next year.
> I only got to one talk on Subsurface which had a full room.  Other KDE
> talks were on Slimbook, Kube and Flatpak/Snappy which was a good
> proportion of all the desktop room talks.  Pau managed the room all
> himself and deserves hugs.
> FOSDEM continues to grow and be an impressive event. Looking at
> various unscientific metrics KDE presence at the event continues to
> remain strong and steady even while the rest of the Free Software
> movement continues to grow.

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