Henne Vogelsang wrote:
On 08.06.2015 19:52, Robert Schweikert wrote:
On 06/08/2015 08:58 AM, Henne Vogelsang wrote:
On 03.06.2015 18:33, Robert Schweikert wrote:
- While in the end we had a good turn out at oSC15, it took a
herculean effort to get there and I would say we did not meet the goal of having "..a significant number of contributors gather..".
True, the more significant question is why is that so?
I think at least part of the answer is in the responses in the thread "letter to people not accepted to be a member" that jdd started
- Travel is expensive
- Other priorities, family, other hobbies,....
- One may have to take vacation
And that was that much different in 2013? I doubt that...
There is certainly no universal answer.
I'm pretty sure there are universal aspects we can change so people lean more on the side of going to oSC despite their personal difficulties like money, vacation or whatnot. If we want to continue we should figure out what those aspects are.
We have to recognise that the openSUSE conference competes with other hobbies for attention. Make it sufficently interesting, and people will come.
In a previous professional life I attended a number of conferences such as SHARE and GUIDE. These were, in my opinion, used for exchanges between professionals as well between suppliers and professionals. I.e. IBM would show off their newest stuff, and the sysprogs would show off their latest project or stats or whathaveyou. There was almost always a lot of take-home information and ideas.
It's an entirely unfair comparison, but if we could provide "a lot of take-home information and ideas" too, that might be a good start.