The Ohio Linuxfest is scheduled for September 29-30 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio
Date and time
September 29-30, 2017.
Why Does FEDORA Attend Ohio Linux Fest
Ohio Linux Fest covers a region that spans from Indiana through West Virginia on the east coast. We as Ambassadors see the event as the major venue for the Central (North) that draws many visitors from all over the state of Ohio and surrounding areas. Since this event is the only one in the area we can distribute and educate the versatility of Fedora. Most of the attendees are from areas that have and participate in Linux User Groups in their local states. It is imperative that these same individuals take back an impressive and memorable experience with Fedora. Its more than just showing up to an event and promoting our vision or like other sponsors just to give out prizes or swag to draw attention, but to give those who visit our booth more than just items to pass out, but to give each person an experience of Fedora they can remember and bring that same experience to LUGs in their locality. Also since the venue is located just down the street from Ohio State University, it tends to draw the local students in for a look around. OLF also provides the opportunity for ambassadors with different expertise within Fedora to provide the best possible experience to our audience.
What is the focus of the event
Fedora offers more that just a default desktop for users. Our purpose is to promote the other various desktop environments available to the public. As we have seen in the past at other events the default desktop is the only user environment most visiting our booth is aware of. The main focus is to promote all available desktop environments and to include the various LAB environments as well that are Fedora Products available to the public.
How does our attendance at this event build users of or contributors to the Fedora platform overall
As with most Linux Festivals our attendance can provide new contributors to our project with volunteers and new desktop users. Most attendees are interested in learning about new and innovative applications and software. Fedora can pull from these resources and possibly get a volunteer to aide us with the project.
How does our attendance at this event build users of or contributors to specific Fedora solutions — and why are those particular solutions strategically important
Fedora has been a steadfast community driven operating system and since our attendance at this event for the past 5 years most of the attendees have either heard of Fedora or is currently using the software. The feedback we do get from either good experiences with the product, or problems they have encountered are feed back to Fedora for analysis and resolution. Most of the problems that are bought to us are usually resolved on site giving the customer a satisfied feeling of the support from Fedora. But for those that are not easily rendered we can direct the issue to the groups that need to check into the problem, then feed it back to the customer for resolution completion.
Our success will depend on customer experience feed back by either written or verbal satisfaction. Questionnaires will be available for each individual to fill out with what their thoughts are about Fedora project, the product, and support they receive.
Friday, September 29
- Booth space optionally open (setup possibly Thursday or early Friday)
Saturday, September 30
- Main day of speaker talks.
- Booth/expo floor open 9am to 5pm
Welcoming all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software. September 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, Ohio.
The Downtown-Short North-Arena District location of Columbus, Ohio will be familiar to our guests while providing a more inclusive atmosphere. We will occupy the second floor which entails the three grand ballrooms. This means less walking and more inviting public spaces for interaction. We are also pleased that there are facilities for family restrooms and nursing mothers.
Also convenient are the food court, North Market, Einstein’s Bagels, The Big Bar On Two, and the Hyatt restaurant.
Our preferred hotel this year is the Hyatt Regency. Having the conference and hotel in one place makes it extra convenient and accessible for families and those with physical challenges.
Hyatt Regency Columbus
You can reserve your hotel room with the Ohio LinuxFest block at a discounted rate of $145 a night. Our special room block includes:
$4.00 discount on self-parking at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage for Overnight Guests Complimentary standard wireless internet access Complimentary access to the onsite fitness facility and pool.
The block typically sells out, so book early. If the block doesn’t fill, our discounted rate will end on September 7 https://ohiolinux.org/hotels/
Or, call 1-800-325-0720 (Drury Reservations) and ask for the Columbus Arena District location.
Drury Inn and Suites Convention 88 East Nationwide Blvd Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-221-7008
For all guests, the Drury offers a free Hot Breakfast and the 5:30pm Kickback® with complimentary hot food and cold beveragesn Free shuttle to/from Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Free on site parking Free in room wireless internet
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required for attendees, but preferred.
You can check out what is scheduled so far and the finalized schedule here; https://ohiolinux.org/olfi/
https://ohiolinux.org/olfi/ of what is going on so far to this date
If you are attending the Ohio LinuxFest, please add your name to the list below:
Please contact Andrew Ward or Ben Williams if you're planning to spend at least a little while at the Fedora Booth helping out.
|Sponsorship||Bronze is $750, Edu/Org is $500||$750||$750|
|Hotel Room for Williams||$350.00||$396.76|
|Hotel Room for A&J Ward||$500.00||$595.14|
|Fuel For A&J Ward||$175.00||$168.37|
|Fuel For Williams||$75.00||$50.01|
|Tolls for Williams||$12.00||$12.00|
|Approved Budget Total||$2500.00||$2012.06|
|Budget Approved: FAmNA approved budget of $2,500.00 on 29 Jun 2017|
Transportation to and from the event
Arrivals and Departures
Chart for knowing when folks are arriving or departing, by plane, train, car, roller skates, or otherwise.
|Who||Arrive (Flight-Time)||Departure (Flight-Time)||Comments||Ridesharing|
|Andrew Ward (award3535) Julie Ward (jward78)||Car Thursday evening/one day lodging on the road 9/28/2017||Car Sunday 8am 10/1/2017|
|Williams Clan||Car Friday 9am Arrive 2-3PM||Car Sunday 10am|
Tasks to be done
Blogs and reports
Event report for attending ambassadors https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/File:Ohio_Linux_Festival_2017.pdf