Sorry for the lateness - I just found this in my "Drafts" folder. I blame the corporate email system ;-)
LFNW 2015 was April 25th & 26th, in Bellingham, WA. openSUSE sponsored LFNW again this year; thanks to the board for making this happen.
As usual, we "had a lot of fun!" As a sponsor, we were entitled to a 100 sq.ft. booth space, which was setup in the 'openSUSE Lounge' design once again this year. The lounge design provides a calm place for people to sit down and relax for a few minutes in an otherwise crazy conference floor space. Our volunteers can sit back and spend time chatting with users, or other enthusiasts with questions, or go to the 'workbench' in the back to sit down with a laptop and solve real problems. The Booth Box supplied us with an abundance of media, both DVDs and thumb drives, as well as swag that was very popular with passers-by. We make a point of bundling the DVDs inside the "What's Cool" brochure, so guests of the show don't just walk away with install media, but at least a general idea of the community and tools that make openSUSE unique.
Morning meeting at the openSUSE Lounge: https://plus.google.com/events/gallery/c4aqcfn8o62uvkgvqodbvlu07oc?pid= 6142240621319176434&oid=109797684537320994845
LFNW 2015 had record attendance again this year, with about 1850 registered attendees, and an uncounted number of unregistered attendees (it is a completely free and open event, so registration is optional). In the conference hall we felt this on Saturday, with big loud crowds. With a crowd of that scale, its hard to make good connections from handing out some of the items in the booth box, so we worked with LFNW organizers to use our materials as effectively as possible. The majority of the openSUSE thumb drives went toward the event's "world famous" raffle, where the announcer mentioned, with nearly every giveaway, "and an openSUSE thumb drive". It was great to hear him say "openSUSE" fifty times over the course of the hour :-) The openSUSE coasters were allocated to the event's Saturday night party, and were preliminarily placed at tables and booths, and handed out with beers until they were gone. I was informed by a few attendees on Sunday that they pocketed the coasters instead of using them for their beers as intended.
Saturday's crowd: https://plus.google.com/events/gallery/c4aqcfn8o62uvkgvqodbvlu07oc?pid= 6142258520193779986&oid=101366257805402002854