= Minutes for Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 15:00 UTC = Special meeting to discuss conference sponsorship levels with GUADEC and GNOME.Asia organizing teams. == Attending == * Board * Allan * Jeff * Kat * Shaun * GUADEC team * Markus * Benjamin * Tobi * GNOME.Asia team * Max * BinLi * Emily * Shobha == Regrets == * Cosimo * Andrea == Shaun's notes on sponsorship levels == Here's the last two years of sponsorship levels at GUADEC and GNOME.Asia, along with the sponsors at those levels: * GUADEC 2014 * Platinum Level: 20000 USD * No sponsors for this sponsorship level * Gold Level: 13000 USD * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, Google) * Silver level: 6500 USD * 2 sponsors (Igalia, SUSE) * Bronze level: 1300 USD * 4 sponsors (Ubuntu, Seafile, code.csdn.net, Gitcafe) * Supporter level: N/A * GUADEC 2015 * Platinum Level: 15000 EUR * No sponsors for this sponsorship level * Gold Level: 10000 EUR * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, Google) * Silver level: 5000 EUR * 2 sponsors (Igalia, SUSE) * Bronze level: 2500 EUR * 3 sponsors (GitCafe, Seafile, Ubuntu) * Supporter level: 1000 EUR * 3 sponsors (ownCloud, Codethink, Endocode) * GNOME Asia 2014 * Platinum Level: 12000 USD * No sponsors for this sponsorship level * Gold Level: 9000 USD * 1 sponsor (Google) * Silver level: 5000 USD * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, SUSE) * Bronze level: 2500 USD * 2 sponsors (Firefox, Tencent) * GNOME Asia 2015 * Platinum Level: 12000 USD * No sponsors for this sponsorship level * Gold Level: 9000 USD * No sponsors for this sponsorship level * Silver level: 5000 USD * 2 sponsors (openSUSE, Telkomindonesia) * Bronze level: 2500 USD * 1 sponsor (Kominfo) GUADEC 2015 was listed in euros instead of dollars. By today's rates, the €15000 platinum level is in the ballpark of $17000. As you can see, nobody comes in at the platinum level for either conference. Google and Red Hat have consistently done gold for GUADEC, but are spottier for GNOME.Asia. The Karlsruhe bid is counting on €32000 in sponsorship. If we price exactly as in 2015, and if Google and Red Hat come in at the gold level, and if Igalia and SuSE come in at bronze again, and if we manage at least one bronze, we're good. In dollars, but in the ballpark of GUADEC 2015: * Platinum, $17000 * Gold, $12000 * Silver, $ 7000 That gives a nice $5000 delta between each. If we keep GNOME.Asia levels the same as the last two years: * GUADEC * Platinum, $17000 * Gold, $12000 * Silver, $7000 * Asia * Platinum, $12000 * Gold, $9000 * Silver, $5000 * Both * Platinum, $29000 * Gold, $21000 * Silver, $12000 Now the question is, how much of a discount do we give for doing both at once? 10% rounded to 1000s? * GUADEC * Platinum, $17000 * Gold, $12000 * Silver, $7000 * Asia * Platinum, $12000 * Gold, $9000 * Silver, $5000 * Both * Platinum, $29000 - $3000 = $26000 * Gold, $21000 - $2000 = $19000 * Silver, $12000 - $1000 = $11000 Is that even worthwhile? Higher discount? I don't know. I've never done multi-event discounts before. As for bronze, set it at some arbitrary low level, and I wouldn't bother offering a combined rate for it. == Minutes == * GNOME.Asia update from Max: * New Delhi is the venue * April 21st to 24th 2016 * Budget and sponsorship: * No GUADEC platinum sponsor in the last years * No GNOME.Asia platinum sponsor in the last year * Number of sponsors have increased since we reduced the sponsorship level * Increasing number of Chinese sponsors for GNOME.Asia * Previously we have given a small discount for combined sponsorships. We could consider giving a larger discount. We haven't given a discount for bronze level in the past. * We are likely to make a small profit on each conference * It is difficult to get historical data for sponsorship prior to 2013 * Some is available at https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/PlanningHowTo/Sponsors * Generally companies use round numbers * Time scales for getting sponsorship vary by company, but there is pressure to secure sooner rather than later as budgets are set October/November time * Main question is whether local teams are willing to give up some dedicated income in order to promote joint sponsorship * We could drop the price of each sponsorship level, such as $15,000 for platinum for GUADEC and $10,000 for GNOME.Asia - we haven't had platinum sponsors for a while, and lowering the bands would give more options lower down the scale (possibly encouraging more sponsors) * Possibilities for local sponors for GNOME.Asia 2016? Unclear * We should speak to Ad Board members about the possibility of co-sponsorship * There might be possibilities for local GUADEC sponsorship, but it is still uncertain * Smaller contributions are more likely * Max - difficulty selling GNOME to potential sponsors (cites Korea example). Need to offer other benefits? Could offer talk slots? Sponsors may ask for information about attendees, such as email addresses. This has not been done for privacy reasons, but is not unusual in Asia. * General feeling from the GUADEC team is that the discount for combined sponsorship is too low. Could be something more like 20%. * The risk with increasing the discount - no companies jointly sponsor that wouldn't anyway. * Emily - it's a good idea to have a large discount for co-sponsorship. Could be used to bring GNOME.Asia sponsors to GUADEC. * Emily - GNOME.Asia has a rule that companies that sponsor for 3 years get a bonus of a higher sponsorship level. * Emily - community level sponsorship is good - there have been potential sponsors who haven't been able to afford bronze level in the past * GNOME.Asia team will have an IRC meeting next Tuesday, where they will discuss sponsorship * Annual reports are ready to be shipped - sponsorship brochure should be ready this week or early next week at the latest * Both local teams are happy to readjust the sponsorship levels and to offer an increased discount for cosponsorship * ACTION: Allan to take the sponsorship brochure forward, through the Engagement Team * ACTION: Allan to make the board should finalise the sponsorship levels and joint sponsorship discount, and email the organising teams for comment == New action items == * Allan to take the sponsorship brochure forward, through the Engagement Team * Allan to make the board should finalise the sponsorship levels and joint sponsorship discount, and email the organising teams for comment
Tarballs are due on 2015-10-26 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.19.1
Here comes our first update to GNOME 3.18, it has many fixes (several
We will soon publish the schedule for our next release, and a first
The GNOME Asia team is pleased to announce that next year’s GNOME.Asia Summit will be held in Delhi, at the Manav Rachna International University (MRIU). This is located in the Faridabad distract just south of the National Capital Territory (New Delhi).
GNOME.Asia 2016 will be held between the 21st and 24th of April, and will be a great place to celebrate and explore the many new features and enhancements in GNOME.
“We’re excited to bring GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 Summit to India, a country with a vast, diverse culture well as a growing IT-sector and a thriving Free Software Community.” – Shobha Tyagi, member of the local organizing team.
The GNOME Asia Committee wants to thank everyone who participated in the GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 bidding process and wish the 2016 organizing team best of luck with organizing a great conference.
[Image by Ankur via Wikimedia commons, licensed CC-BY-SA 3.0.]
= Minutes for Tuesday, September 22th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =
Next meeting date Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 19:00UTC
== Attending ==
* Shaun McCance
The GNOME Project is proud to announce the release of GNOME 3.18,
This release brings significant improvements to many of our core
= Minutes for Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =
Next meeting date Tuesday, September ??th, 2015, 19:00UTC
== Attending ==
* Shaun McCance
== Regrets ==
= Minutes for Wednesday, September 1st, 2015, 19:00 UTC =
Next meeting date Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 19:00UTC
== Attending ==
* Shaun !McCance
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Tarballs are due on 2015-09-21 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.18.0
Here we are, this is the end of this development cycle and here comes
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= Minutes for Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =
Next meeting date Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 19:00UTC
== Attending ==
* Shaun McCance
there is a small team of people currently working on a bid to host
The plan is taking shape as of now, but there are still many unknowns
GUADEC is now over, we had a great time in Gothenburg (special thanks
First beta means we have now en…
GUADEC is the GNOME project’s primary annual event, held every year in a different European city. This year, it was the turn of Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference brought together contributors, enthusiasts and partners from around the world for three days of talks, followed by three days of workshops (called “Birds of a Feather” sessions). It ran between the 6th and 12th of August.
Presentations covered significant developments in GNOME technologies, such as xdg-app, Builder, and new GTK+ features. There were also talks by GNOME’s partners, including SUSE, ownCloud, LibreOffice, and Endless. Recordings of these talks can be viewed on videos.guadec.org. As always, the conference was also an opportunity for contributors from around the world to meet, make plans, and have fun.
GUADEC couldn’t happen without the work of local volunteers who organize each conference, nor without the support of our sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s conference such a success.
In order to recognise the achievements of this year’s GUADEC organizers, the GNOME Release Team has decided to adopt “Gothenburg” as the code name for the upcoming GNOME release, version 3.18!
GNOME is still looking for a venue for next year’s GUADEC. Check out the wiki if you would like to bring the GNOME project to your city!
Photograph by http://www.flickr.com/people/rob-sinclair/ (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons.
Today, GNOME turns 18.
On Friday, August 15, 1997, GNOME was founded by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment that is beautiful and simple to use. In September, we will welcome the release of GNOME 3.18 which continues to embody those founding principles.
Join us in celebrating GNOME’s birthday! Some ideas: wear your GNOME gear, grab drinks with GNOME friends, thank a contributor, or simply take a moment to reflect upon the significance of this day. How has GNOME impacted your life? We’d love to hear. Tweet us (@gnome), or tell us on Facebook (/GNOMEDesktop).
Spread the word and show how vibrant the GNOME community is! Please use these hashtags in your social media posts: #HappyBirthdayGnome, #IAMGNOME, #GNOME2015.
Federico Mena Quintero at GUADEC 2015.
Photo Credit: Garret LeSage
Happy birthday, GNOME! Now go get some drinks and cake.
Join us in celebrating GNOME’s birthday this Saturday, August 15th.
This is a great chance to tell the world why you love GNOME, inspire others to give it a try, give back to the community, and just wish GNOME a happy birthday.
Here are some ways that we encourage you to participate in GNOME’s birthday:
Post on social media
Thank a GNOME contributor
If you know someone who contributes to GNOME, send them a thank you. It’s always nice to know you’re appreciated.
You can also adopt a hacker or become a friend of GNOME.
Show your GNOME gear
Wear or show your favorite SWAG, and see if you can get someone to ask you about GNOME. Post a selfie wearing your gear and use the hashtags above so people can see faces from our community.
Say hi to others wearing the gear, and meet other GNOMEies!
Let’s show the world how we rally, and that we’re a great community to be part of.
Happy early birthday, GNOME!
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