I am writing to inform you of an event currently within the planning phase in the North America/United States/Kentucky region. It is the first openSUSE event in the area so this should be an exciting endeavor for myself and the local community. I am developing the presentations as we speak(or write). These presentations are focused on a general introduction to openSUSE, with an emphasis on digital viral resistance. I have received a donation of a free laptop by a local community member and intend on giving this device away at the completion of the event --- loaded with openSUSE 11.4 of course. I requested promotional resources from openSUSE and hope to hear back soon about availability.
I have partnered with Starbucks coffee shops in the immediate area and will be posting Large posters in all shops in the area regarding the event; as soon as a definitive date is set. Starbucks will iform their employees to provide word-of-mouth advertisement of the event leading up to the event date; so as to gain further customers in the local shops. Each starbucks customer will be capable of placing their starbucks purchase ticket in the Laptop Giveaway for each and every ticket. The more they purchase from Starbucks; the more chance that they have to win the giveaway. This is a win-win situation. openSUSE achieves a relationship with the local community and Starbucks gains increased traffic due to the event. It is possible that I may be required to move the event to the local Barnes and Noble bookstore due to event size. As i stated previously, the event is still in the planning phase so this factor has not been decided as of yet. Obviously customers must be present at the event to win.
I have developed a brochure highlighting openSUSE as a virus-resistant product and intend to provide these to Starbucks leading up to the event. These brochures are printed; and currently in transit to my location from the West Coast. I will be forwarding the brochure sources(svg) to opensuse-marketing for the openSUSE community to use in the next few days when I get a chance. Also developed by myself are flyers that may be handed out in the local area. I haven't yet nailed down how I want to handle printing of these yet. So the flyers are on hold until I either receive donations regarding printing or financing of the flyers, or alternately I allocate personal finances for such.
After careful consideration, I am also going to giveaway another laptop of my own in the next event. I think it will go far to present the face of openSUSE as a positive influence in the local community and the lives of our neighbors.
I do have one request regarding this event though: What resources do we have in the community regarding Press Kits for events? I would like to develop/receive an informational packet(press kit) that I may forward to the local news stations and radio stations regarding this event. I have searched and came up with no resources available.
Ideas? Comments? Suggestions?