I managed to make it to the Beer Summit and the last day of the Boston Summit before succumbing to the inevitable jet lag. From what I heard the summit was again a success and I would like to thank Jon Mccann, Colin Walters and Ajax for pitching in and running the various aspects of the Summit and everyone else who came to make GNOME rock. As always we thank Henry Holtzman for being the MIT faculty backer of the conference and Walter Bender of SugarLabs for doing some leg work for us. The delegation worked so well I think I will save some of my stress levels next year by finding others who would like to help out.
Where scheduling was concerned, we had a little hiccup this year with other GNOME related conferences scheduled at the same time. Let me end the confusion and state emphatically that we will be having the Boston Summit next year at the same time, Columbus Day Weekend, October 9th, 10th and 11th. Further more, there is a chance we may be able to hold it in the newly built Media Lab building. No promises but there are those with some pull who would like to see this happen.
As for avoiding conflicts in the future, the board and ad-board should coordinate more instead of relying on a “who announces first” race condition to dictate scheduling. The board knows the dates of all the conferences they are going to run or sponsor well in advance, as well as having the dates of a number of other conferences readily available due to the fact that they often fund a number of members to attend these events. Utilizing this community resource is a good way to avoid future conflicts. I am also sure the community run travel committee would be happy to coordinate travel funding activities with other conferences that are related to GNOME but not run by the Foundation.
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