After introducing our top sponsors (MCIT, Sun Microsystems and Geodesic
Information Systems) yesterday, it is time to introduce our Gold Sponsors:
Searching for something? :)
That should already tell you who our first Gold sponsor is.
Today, the web without Google is inconceivable, and though many have
tried, no one has come close to achieving the success that Google has
demonstrated with almost all its online products, whether it be search,
advertising and monetisation, online office products, and much more.
And Google is serious about FOSS. Being a massive consumer of FOSS
technologies, Google gives back to the community with both hands, whether
encouraging contribution though the Summer of Code, supporting project
directly (such as Open Office), porting innovative products to open
platforms (Picasa, Google Earth) or supporting individual FOSS developers
or large groups - Google is solidly behind FOSS. No wonder then, that
Google is the company everyone wants to work for - do the names Pike,
Thompson, Guido, Bram Moolenar, Peter Norvig, Vint Cerf, etc ring a bell?
And 20% compulsory time on non-work projects? Heaven!
They were sponsors of FOSS.IN/2005, and they are back again - put your
hands together for
GOLD^H^H^H^H NETWORK TECHNOLOGY SPONSOR
When Bhavin first started talking to us, he said "We want to sponsor
FOSS.IN, but we want to do something that directly boosts every
participant's enjoyment of the event". That's a challenge, and the team
put its heads together and thought about it. Various serious, funny, legal
and grey-area ideas were thrown around, when suddenly we stopped and said
"Hey wait, what is it that every developer, and hence almost every
participant of FOSS.IN, appreciates the most?" "Why, great connectivity,
of course!" "OK, and what domain is this sponsor in?" "Internet and
connectivity and hosting and..."
A quick brainstorm later, Bhavin agreed to fund way beyond the previously
planned budget for connectivity and network infrastructure, giving us the
most extensive venue network, ever. Guys - when you get online smoothly at
the event, you know who is behind it.
And that meant of course, that calling them just "Gold Sponsor" was a bit
too tame, so ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the
Network Technology Sponsor:
The Directi Group
Up next - a long list of Silver Sponsors. But that's in the next message.
For now, I thank Google and Directi for sponsoring FOSS.IN/2006.
F O S S . I N
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