This is a call for sponsors to donate locations, work and money for debian developer gatherings. Why? ==== SLX Debian Labs has funded and organized numerous developer gatherings in the past (e.g. for debian-edu, debian-installer or the release team). They are highly effective to solve problems in small groups and normally more fun then working at home alone. Especially problems that require group discussion and focused cooperation over an extended periode of time would best be solved during such gatherings. Debian should have many such gatherings whenever they are needed. In order to have more of them help from sponsors would be welcome. Gatherings in planning that i know of are debian-qa, debian-java, debian-installer and debian-edu. How? ==== The standard of living during such gatherings is usually not high. People sleep on (air)mattresses on the floor, perhaps in the same building they hack on or at local peoples's place in order to keep costs low. Food (simple breakfast/brunch and dinner) could be provided. Travel costs for people who have contributed to the particular project (e.g. debian-installer) before and who can not afford the trip themself were usually payed for. A location can be chosen to minimize travel costs for all participants. These ground rules allow for very cost efficient yet productive gatherings. How to sponsor ============== - Locations should have good network conectivity, preferably usable computers and wireless. Several big rooms for working and seperate ones in close proximity for sleeping are a plus. Otherwise benevolent local residents with room for developers to crash at would be nice. - Work is needed to prepare the location before and after the event. Shopping for supplies (breakfast/brunch), finding suitable places for dinner, providing travel instructions and perhaps picking people up from the airport all take time and efford. - Money is needed for paying the food and travel bills. Debian has several accounts around the world. If you would like to know where you can transfer money without additional fees please contact me and i will try to find a debian account near you. In order to keep track of what money is intended for these kind of gatherings, please note this both on the money transfere/cheque and mail me so we know what is incoming and can plan accordingly. If you want to donate money to one small gathering specificially that is possible as well. If you have an idea for a specific gathering or would like to organize one and have further questions (e.g. about planning gatherings) please contact me, too.
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