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Re: [Debconf-team] Google in Banja Luka

Hi Adnan,

On Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:27:33 +0200, Adnan Hodzic wrote
> For awhile Minister and I thought it would be great if we could have
> "Google in Banja Luka" what this would mean is to have a lecture
> that's going to talk why "Google uses Linux/Debian" etc ... This
> lecture would be held on Debian Day and Minister and I believe it
> would get local companies attention and reverse technique to get
> people interested in what's Debian as everybody know's what Google is.
> I found couple of interested Debian people that are Googlers and 
> would do this talk, however both of them asked what the sponsorship options
> are. We would give them free accommodation/food, but since Debian is
> covering the travel reimbursement I was wondering what your stance is
> on this one?
> They are not asking to be paid for their lecture, just wondering what
> the sponsorship options are as they are obviously late for sponsored
> registration.
> One of the question that comes up is "why are we supposed to pay 
> their attendance fees, they are Google employees!"
> It wasn't Google that said we want those guys there to promote our
> technologies, it is us that need their help, btw they would ask
> absence from their position during their visit.
> There are two interested people for this talk/lecture: Guido Trotter
> and Jesus Climent
> Guido would be able to stay until Tuesday (26th) while Jesus would be
> able to stay throughout the conference. Is Debian willing/able to
> sponsor travel for either of these?
> Let me know what you think,

I think that talk has a low level of relevance for Debian, so I´m not in favor
of making an exception and spending extra money on it. However, if it is
really important for political purposes a and/or for local community, we may
try to find someone from Google who is already registered to DC11 and contact
s/he/them... That´s my opinion.


Tiago Bortoletto Vaz
0xA504FECA - http://pgp.mit.edu

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