Every year, the OpenOffice.org community gathers to exchange ideas and have fun at the international OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon). The conference gives those interested in OpenOffice.org, whether they are developers, marketers, business people, artists, or public sector representatives the opportunity to meet each other in a convivial environment. They can share ideas, tips, code, technology, business plans; drink beer, eat great food, and learn how the most important open source project in the world is changing things for the better.
Our Marketing Lead, Jacqueline McNally, announced a call for location for OOoCon 2006 last year. Two respondents, Sophie Gautier and Angelika Gößler, presented on behalf of their organizing teams proposals to hold the conference in either Lyon, France or Vienna, Austria.
These proposals have been summarized below.
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Location Proposal Details:
OooCon 2006 in France will give several advantages
worldwide community, and Lyon is a particularly attractive town
situated in the middle of
our country (well approximately ;)
As for Lyon, it's a delightful town, a listed UNESCO World Heritage City, very modern and well equipped with all the necessary infrastructure for this kind of event (several universities, conference centres, special passes for transportation...). Lyon is not very far from Germany, so our Hamburg team will find it easy to attend, and also quite central in Europe for several countries. Please have an overview of Lyon by visiting this site or the city site, where you'll find information about Lyon's history, culture, and current events.
Lyon is also a well
known place for gastronomy, what about spending an
evening all together in a famous "Bouchon" ?
The initial idea has come from the Viennese city management (IT - MA14) who will have finished their rollout of 6000 workstations with OpenOffice.org in summer 2006.
The Ministry of Education has also started a big open source software drive giving a big boost to OpenOffice.org. We think these provide some good examples of best practice which would tie in well with the conference.
Location (country, city, conference center/university)
France, Lyon, INSA de Lyon (site available in several languages)
11/12/13 September 2006
We recommend a conference during September since we could probably use university rooms.
Team Lead (main contact person)
Team Members (all members should be willing and able to commit at least 3 hours per day to planning the conference during the last two weeks before OOoCon 2005)
|Core team of the FR project (about 10 people, more if needed)||Angelika
The OpenOffice.org Community has got very good support from the Government of Vienna. The MA 14 also have provided their support for a conference located at Vienna.
Further support was promised from the German usergroup (Jaqueline Rahemipour). We also expect help from Sun Austria and further companies and universities/higher engineering schools.
The conference will be of public interest; we also expect participation from the Ministry of Education or its delgates.
We are already seeking public money (innovation funding/public interest). The request is still in progress, so at the moment we cannot say more about it.
Further on, we hope that the Viennese Mayor will give a small cocktail party.
Local events taking place in parallel (or right before/after)
InfoCité is willing to
organize an event alonside our conference || |
Special visa or entry requirements, e.g. vaccinations
Visa for people outside the Schengen area (but not for all), no vaccinations.
Large local OpenOffice.org deployments (for user keynotes and success stories)
Ministry of Finance and Direction
Générale des Impôts,
Ministry of Equipement, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Agriculture,
Ministry of Culture,
Ministry of National Education, representing more than 200 000 seats.
many schools, city halls and companies are too numerous to be
see some lists here :
Names of local OpenOffice.org developers (for developer sessions)
Eric Bachard, Laurent Godard, Bernard Marcelly, Alain Novak,
Pierre-André Galmes, Cédric Bosdonnat, Eric
Bishoff, Héléne Petit,
Names of local OpenOffice.org vendors/partners (potential sponsors)
Travel costs (e.g. flight costs from the following cities: London, Paris, Rome, Beijing, Sydney, New York, Hamburg, Dublin, San Francisco, South Africa, Tokyo)
|Example of prices : || |
Cheap travel and accomodation are possible.
Vienna is an established detination for international travel, with one
airport at the
South of Vienna (trains need 20 minutes to the centre) and
airport at Bratislava (bus price usually included with the
ticket, 90 minutes bus drive to a central Viennese metro
station). Both airports offer cheap tickets (Air Berlin,
at Vienna, Ryan Air at Bratislava).
Accommodation costs (youth hostel, hotel)
is well-used to hosting this kind of event
and has many options such as:
recommend holding the conference in September, so we can
rent student apartments for those members of
the OpenOffice.org community who want to save money.
Average meal costs
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