[foss.in] FOSS.IN/2006: Current status (fwd)
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Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 15:01:45 +0530 (IST)
From: Atul Chitnis
To: FOSS.IN <email@example.com>
Subject: [foss.in] FOSS.IN/2006: Current status
A number of people have been writing in about FOSS.IN/2006. So I thought I'd
put out a quick update:
1. We are currently looking at potential venues.
Bangalore does not have a convention centre of any usable form, and the
Bangalore Palace is not available this year during the time period we
traditionally look at (end November, early December). The JN Tata auditorium at
IISc has been renovated and is feasible technically, but there are date issues
there as well.
We would have loved to do the event at Bangalore again, but unless someone
comes up with a workable venue, that looks increasingly unlikely. One idea
would be if some large company would offer its premises and facilities to the
3-day event, which will have about 3000 participants.
Hence we are currently evaluating Hyderabad, Chennai, Mysore, Pune and Goa as
possible locations for the next event. While we have information about
Hyderabad and Chennai, we need people in other cities to help us with
recommendations about venues there. If your city isn't listed above, it is
probably because we have insufficient information about it.
Note the general requirements - 5-6 halls, of which at least one will be 750+,
while others will be 150-200, a number of max-50 seater small halls/rooms,
proxmity to food-outlets, easy access from within city/country as well as from
outside India, tons of Internet bandwidth, 24 hour accessibility to venue,
accommodation availability at venue or nearby.
Also please note that the identification of a feasible venue is fundamental to
the formal kickoff leading to this year's event.
Please write to us at info (yat) foss dawt in, if you have any
2. Yes, formats are being changed drastically this year, to accommodate the
stupendous success of the BoFs from last year, as well as to allow for a
barcamp-style freedom of scheduling and impromptu sessions and to encourage
greater participation. More details on this as we go along.
Note that formal talks and keynotes will happen as well.
3. If you have any suggestions to improve the experience for participants,
please feel free to make suggestions right here on this list. FYI, this list is
rapidly approaching 1000 subscribers, with about 25 new subscribers each week.
Statutory Notice: FOSS.IN is an event, not a movement. It's primary objective
is to encourage the deployment and development of FOSS in India, by
facilitating the interaction between participants from India and abroad.
That's it for now. Let's hear from you!
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getting mails from the yahoo group (some people said
"now we are getting mails, so everything should be
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Among the possible alternative cities, Coimbatore
could be added for many reasons. Here are few
a. It has big halls, CODISSIA/IMTEX exhibition halls
which can accomodate 1000's of people. It has two
restaurants on site. http://www.intecexpo.com/
b. Other facilities like International Airport,
Railway Junction, Bus Station, SITRA, hospitals, big
hotels (The residency, Jenny club etc), Nilgiris,
Restaurants and clubs are nearby.
c. It has been a college city for a long time. Old
colleges like PSG Tech, GCT and CIT along with host of
new colleges are nearby.
d. It has excellent places for one day getaways -
Kovai Courtallum, Black Thunder, Kovai Kondattum (both
theme parks), other recreation like bowling lanes,
horse riding, golf clubs etc are nearby.
e. I hope bandwidth must be available in plenty. What
kind of bandwidth we are looking at? what other things
we need from the host place/city? I can try to get the
f. IT, BPO etc are coming up in the private sector
(TCS, Cognizant, KG Campus, STPs etc).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coimbatore has some
Let's add Coimbatore to the list and see what we can
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