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Re: [opensuse-conference] oSC13 Theme
  • From: Jos Poortvliet <jos@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:26:44 +0100
  • Message-id: <1534611.hhF5fORelD@linux-6upc>
On Wednesday 09 January 2013 14:50:42 Stella Rouzi wrote:
Hey all,

CFP announcement is ready (or at least drafted in a final stage) from
the Program Committee (Robert really did the actual work) and can be
found here:

Cool. Based on that and the proposed theme I wrote this:

Probably still needs work, suggestions welcome.

Now we need a logo (thinking geeko with beach behind?).

We can ask Shayon if he can prepare a website instance like for the previous
conf so we can start writing texts..

Link is also present in relevant trello task of CFP in Program board.

About Moto / Theme:

I like the Moto.
I agree with *avoid* politics, specially since international news
overpresent the situation.
I agree to reflect the cultural part (history/philosophy/freedom
struggle etc), since it is (or should be) one of the main things that
come in mind when referring to Greece.
And I would definitely like to see some beach background in some artwork.

On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM, Jos Poortvliet <jos@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tuesday 08 January 2013 14:08:48 Henne Vogelsang wrote:

before we, in the promo team, can get anything done we need a theme and
motto for the conference. It's the starting point for everything: Logo,
website, posters etc.

The motto should reflect what we emphasize at oSC13 and the theme
reflect how oSC13 will feel. To explain what I mean look at the last
couple of events we held:

* oSC12
Motto: Bootstrapping Awesome. We emphasized bootstrapping a new Linux
event in the Czech republic.
Theme: Urban, Big City, Prague monuments

* Summit 2012
Motto: Engage! Collaborate! Invigorate! Emphasizing the hope to build a
new American openSUSE community.
Theme: Summer, Tropical, Beach

* oSC11
Motto: RWX³. Everyone is able to do everything. We emphasize doing
things together instead of just talking.
Theme: Retro, Old Factory

This wasn't always a very conscious decision so this year I would like
to make it one. What are we going to emphasize this year and how will
oSC13 feel?

My personal suggestion would be:

Motto: Power to the Geeko. A variant of "Power to the People" [1].
Emphasize the empowerment that you so easily get in openSUSE.
Theme: Politics, Greek Democracy, Greece

What do you think?



Based on Bryen's 'clever advice', I thought about the why of this event
and it's importance and what we intend to archieve.

Clearly so did Henne with the 'power to the Geeko'.

But politics is a touchy subject and the empowerment in openSUSE we
already emphasized with the RWX³ conference. Not saying that governance
isn't important but I think we can get there indirectly. So what coud
that be?

The thinking about history, the age of thinkers over 2000 years ago in
Greece - that resonates very well with me and clearly with others on
list.. We're a bunch of forward thinkers, aren't we? It is about
transforming society - the Greek history has formed ours and now
technology and openness (Free Software, Linux) are transforming ours,
forming the future.

As all seem to like 'Power to the Geeko', let's keep that. But let's add
history, replacing politics, and changing the world over empowerment and

Motto: Power to the Geeko. A variant of "Power to the People" [1].
Emphasize how we've got the power to change the word.
Theme: Philosophy, Greek history and thinking, Changing the world.

Brings a more 'deep', grounded, yet global theme, less controversial,
very close to the initial proposal we actually, deep inside, all like :D

As you might notice I basically summarized the discussion and took the
conclusion from there...

On a related note. If there's not too much disagreement, let's get this
to any artist we know ASAP. Because really, the MOST urgent thing I can
think of, aside from getting the venue fixed, is *artwork*. We MUST
have a logo and some banners and things as they 'carry' all
announcements and marketing work, as our Social Media team (Zoumpis &
diamond_gr) already pointed out last year.

To help kickstart things I've gone over the list of articles we've
created in the last few years and made a plan for announcements. See

I'm preparing a CfP article and will try to prepare all the articles on
that list and keep them up to date with the info that comes in. That
means artwork (as soon as some is ready), CfP data, speakers etcetera.

Feedback welcome :D

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