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FAD Latam 2017: x3mboy’s Event report

22/07/2017

Last week ( from 13 until 15 July 2017) I had the honour of attend the FAD Latam 2017 representing Chile, the country where I’m currently living. This FAD (Fedora Activity Day) was organized by Alex Oviedo, an Ambassador from Perú, with the intention of discuss several topics and problems that Latam community is facing. I’m going to divide this in 2 parts:

Organizing the event

At first, Alex come with this idea after a new that affect all Ambassadors in different ways: Council rip out the FUDCon lines from the yearly budget. A lot of emotions were dropped in meetings an emails. Having this out, Alex, as well as others, though that was our (Ambassadors) fault and then he came out with the idea of an activity to work in the internal problems, to cover the community part of our FUDCon.

At first it wasn’t easy, a lot of things needs to be done, a ticket, a properly wiki, also to convince other ambassadors that we need the event, and try to make them choose a representative per country. I try to help Alex as much as I can, but the accomplishment of the FAD is totally on him, that dedicate a lot of time and effort, communicating with the council, fixing the tickets, with FAmSCO, and finally putting 2 bids to choose where to run the event.

Right now, I’m very proud of him, he made something really good, almost without help, sending email. But mainly because he is worried about our Latam Community. Even fighting against time and flight prices. Finally we get the list of attendees:

  • Alex Irmel Oviedo Solis from Cusco, Peru
  • Tonet Jallo from Puno, Peru
  • Itamar Reis Peixoto from Uberlandia, Brasil
  • José Reyes from Panama City, Panama
  • Adrian Soliard from Cordoba, Argentina
  • Brian Exelbierd from Brno, Czech Republic
  • Samuel Gutiérrez from Managua, Nicaragua
  • And finally me: Eduard Lucena from Santiago de Chile, Chile

It was a hard journey, but we finally made it.

The event

The event was held in the Universidad Global del Cusco, where people was really interested in help a Linux Community in their city. We need to thanks their rector, who give us a warming welcome in a great welcome speech. After that we start by doing a SWOT analysis. A SWOT analysis is a methodology that allow team to identify identifying Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, cross them and create strategies to improve the work an attack the weaknesses and threats detected, taking advantage of the strengths. We work during the first day we work identifying the 4 points:

Strengths

  • Diversity (diversity of technical skills)
  • Strong Community
  • Initiative
  • Availability of tools

Weaknesses

  • We don’t offer right solutions to users
  • Language barrier
  • Cultural differences
  • Ignorance of rules
  • Lack of presence in Colleges
  • Budget isn’t well managed
  • Lack of communication

Opportunities

  • Red Hat support
  • Presence on upstream lines in compatible projects
  • Impact generated for Fedora
  • College’s support
  • Possibility of show Fedora to students from different branches

Threats

  • Collaborator’s economic activities
  • Microsoft communities and use of the term “Open Source”
  • Greater presence of Ubuntu in colleges (users and labs)

We spent a lot of time talking about this topics, and we brainstorm a lot trying to figure it how to attack them. Finally, on the second day, we came with some strategies:

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis

On the second day, we try to discuss about how to attack the events in a better way, to fit the new Fedora Mission Statement (thanks to Brian “bex” Exelbierd) and the Council point of view (again thanks to bex). Attacking in a better way the 4 questions that Council is now asking for funding events, and what these questions means. At this point, we understand what the no FUDCon in the budget means, and how the Council is looking for original ideas, and better and greater ways to people contribute and improve the Fedora Project. We came out with a new process, that will improve our internal communications and how we promote our events, taking advantage of our tools (fedocal and Fedora Magazine):

  1. Pre-event
    1. Create wiki event page
    2. Create a ticket
    3. Create event in fedocal
    4. Post in Magazine
  2. Post-Event
    1. Make reports
      1. CommBlog
      2. Wiki
    2. Request reimbursement

This will allow us to improve the visibility of the ambassadors work, both to the project and to the public.

On the last day we talk about budget and swag, where bex help us a lot, also Eduardo Echeverría (echevemaster) and Abdel Martinez (potty) join us in this discussion where we understand better how Council is funding the project this year, opening, for example, the door to fund other contributors aside ambassadors, trying to expand the vision of people about the Fedora Project. Talking about Swag, we hit the same wall that is always our great obstacule: Distribution. Even when we could find printing quality in our countries, the problem is that produce little quantities is expensive, also not all providers accepts the payment methods that the project have to pay, and not all contributors can pay and wait for reimbursement. Finally, we came out with a strategy that allow us to move to a central production, this suppose to allow us to save money and move those savings to distribution; and also, taking care about countries that have problems with mail and couriers, to produce swag in their places without worries, because the general case is solved and possibly with savings.

Special thanks to Neville Cross (yn1v), who takes a time to explain us how his community has been working and improving.

Final thoughts

It was a really long journey, with a lot of work, a lot of discussion, sometimes is hard to a group that diverse and with so many different point of views to make agreements and finally came with a solid plan, solid strategies and consolidate a great region work. I want to thank bex, who take the work and the time to come to our region and help us, his help is really appreciated and we hope he can come back soon. We really hope that a lot of people, and hopefully all regions, can use our work and the guidelines to help them improve their work.

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