[kde-usa] [kde-promo] KDE Cascadia

Claudia Rauch rauch at kde.org
Mon Oct 17 15:36:02 UTC 2011

Hey all,

On 12 October 2011 23:52, Carl Symons <carlsymons at gmail.com> wrote:
> There were a few emails about the possibility of having a North
> American KDE meeting in Bellingham. This message is a more formal
> proposal and request for comment.
> Proposal: A national KDE meeting (such as CampKDE), April 28 & 29,
> 2012, in conjunction with LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW -
> http://linuxfestnorthwest.org/).
> LFNW is the oldest community-driven FOSSFest in North America. Held
> annually at Bellingham Technical College (BTC -
> http://www.btc.ctc.edu/), 2012 will be the 13th LFNW. It is a grass
> roots event with appeal for the local community, regional FOSS techies
> and internationally known presenters. The Fest includes a wide variety
> of between 80 and 100 presentations, a low key expo and a Saturday
> evening party with beer, soft drinks and food. There is no admission
> charge to Fest events, a reasonably-priced lunch is served by the
> Culinary Arts Department of the College.
> The LFNW organizing group has already enthusiastically approved
> including a KDE-specific program, and within the past few days, the
> BTC sponsors agreed.
> There would be no venue charge.
> A volunteer staff of organizers and BTC students is available to
> produce the KDE conference.
> Travel was raised as a potential obstacle to this being a national
> event. Allegiant Airlines flies directly into Bellingham from major
> cities on the US West coast. The main hotel and conference venue are
> close to the airport. Travel could be a challenge and somewhat more
> expensive than travel to a major city, but it's doable.
> With an exhibit at both OSCON (July 2011) and LinuxCon (August 2011),
> LFNW organizers promoted the national presence of FOSSFests (handout
> attached), as well as collaboration between FOSSFests on common
> interests. By associating KDE with these community-driven conferences,
> North American KDE gatherings could move easily from location to
> location.
> I propose that the event be called "KDE Cascadia", a national
> gathering with a regional flavor.
> (Cascadia...cas CAD ia; cas - "a" like cat, cad - "a" like wait, ee uh)
> It sounds almost like casKDEa. Poetry!
> Cascadia is the region of the NW North American continent that
> includes British Columbia in Canada, and northern California, Oregon
> and Washington in the U.S. It is home to Vancouver, BC (about 2
> million people), Seattle (3 million), Portland (2 million) and
> Bellingham, host of LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW), the original
> community-driven FOSSFest in the U.S. The name comes from the Cascade
> Mountain Range that runs from British Columbia Canada to California.
> It's purdy (http://www.google.com/search?gcx=c&q=cascade+mountains&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1225&bih=648)
> I prefer "KDE Cascadia" to "CampKDE" or "KDE + [something about North
> America, something about U.S. and Canada]"
> The idea of KDE Cascadia came from the announcement for "Drupal on the
> Bayou" (http://www.drupalonthebayou.com/), a national Drupal meeting
> in New Orleans, a national conference with a regional flavor.
> Thoughts?
> Ok to proceed?
What do others think? Should we discuss this with the board? Are there
any other alternative plans for a Camp KDE 2012?



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