Hi all, I am posting a report Dimitar wrote about having an openSUSE Booth at OpenFest in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's an excellent report, so if you have a chance, please give it a read. v/r Doug
I have good news. Our event was really great, at least according to me and my fellows, and the feedback from some of the visitors I spoke to after the event.
The booth was visited by more than 200 people. Most of them weren't shy and asked questions ranging from "what is openSUSE?" to "how you will make me switch to openSUSE?".
In general we had several types of people vising the booth: - completely unaware about openSUSE - the biggest part; - aware of openSUSE, but using different distribution - some of them were ex- openSUSE users; - users or administrators of SUSE Linux Enterprise; - current users of openSUSE - unfortunately this was the smallest group, but we are going to change this. We have plans of establishing a local community, but I will contact you about this in a separate e-mail, most probably after the release;
More than 60 people took part in our Photo Booth challenge and most of them won a t-shirt (we made 67 additional t-shirts, beside the ones you sent). We also gave away several t-shirts to people who were very well prepared on the subject or gave correct answer to a question like - "do you know what animal is the logo of YaST?".
We even managed to do a live install of Tumbleweed on a tricky hardware - one volunteer came with its HP Pavilion x360. We ran into number of issues but at the end we succeeded.
We also wrote ISO images for some of the visitors. This reminds me that we identified several issues or possibilities to be more prepared for the next event in terms of range and amounts of swag. I will send you my summary and thoughts on the topic in separate e-mail next week.
On top of the written above, we were contacted by two or three people that are let's say important Linux persons in the area. Eventually we will take part in additional micro events speaking about openSUSE or its Eco system. We will see.
This is what we still have and what we gave away (from the original materials): - Web camera covers - 0 (105 given away out of 105); - Pins - 0 (9 given away out of 9); - Foam clouds - 0 (20 given away out of 20); - Sticker - Funny chameleon - 0 (43 given away out of 43); - Sticker - openSUSE big, green - 0 (94 given away out of 94); - Sticker - OBS - 30 (77 given away out of 107); - Sticker - Tumbleweed - 38 (81 given away out of 119); - Sticker - Portus - 32 (31 given away out of 63); - Sticker - small square openSUSE - 23 (77 given away out of 100); - Sticker - small triple openSUSE - 20 (70 given away out of 90); - Cheat Book - 9 (47 given away out of 56); - T-Shirt - Tumbleweed size S - 0 (1 given away out of 1); - T-Shirt - Tumbleweed size M - 0 (1 given away out of 1); - T-Shirt - Tumbleweed size L - 1 (0 given away out of 1); - T-Shirt - Tumbleweed size XL - 1 (0 given away out of 1); - T-Shirt - Tumbleweed size XXL - 0 (1 given away out of 1); - T-Shirt - Leap size S - 0 (3 given away out of 3); - T-Shirt - Leap size M - 0 (3 given away out of 3); - T-Shirt - Leap size L - 0 (3 given away out of 3); - T-Shirt - Leap size XL - 1 (3 given away out of 4);
Plus one long term asses - the table cover.
One question - shall I send back what's left or I shall keep it for the upcoming events?
And the stats about the materials that we have prepared locally: - Cheat sheet - 160 (40 given away out of 200); - Flyer - 80 (120 given away out of 200); - Business Cards openSUSE Advocate - 21 (29 given away out of 50); - T-Shirt - woman, size S - 2 (10 given away out of 12); - T-Shirt - woman, size M - 6 (6 given away out of 12); - T-Shirt - woman, size L - 2 (5 given away out of 7); - T-Shirt - man, size M - 0 (12 given away out of 12); - T-Shirt - man, size L - 1 (11 given away out of 12); - T-Shirt - man, size XL - 4 (8 given away out of 12); - Sticker - openSUSE + OpenFest - 80 (120 given away out of 200);
Plus one long term asset - roll banner with the funny chameleon.
I will publish a more detailed report during the weekend. It will be linked to the event announcement in the community site. And separate version will be published on my blog.
Just one more thing I took the liberty to correct something in the community site - the countdown link was pointing to http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:13.2 instead to http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:42.2.
King regards, Dimitar Zahariev