My Sunday started off without too much in the way of expectations. I had hoped my family would be able to join me in Toronto, so I only booked my hotel for 2 nights. Even though the guys weren’t with me, there’s not a whole lot for me to do in hack sessions so I wasn’t planning on staying long.
The first and most important thing I had to do Sunday was find out how Remy was getting back to Rochester. We drove up together and he wanted to stay for the hack sessions.
I was also invited to attend a meeting about the Fedora Campus Ambassador program.
The bummer was waiting around for Remy and the meeting to kick off. Remy had a late night in the hotel hack suite so he didn’t arrive until late morning and the meeting I was invited to didn’t get rolling until early afternoon.
Now don’t get me wrong, I did have some good conversations with the guys, but for the most part, I spent the time clearing my email and doing show and tell with my XO running Xtra Ordinary. I will admit that it’s pretty impressive that an XO-1 machine can power an OpenOffice.org Impress presentation – even if it is on that tiny little screen.
With Remy squared away the only thing left was the Campus Ambassador meeting.
What we figured out is that there aren’t any stated goals, and as a result there isn’t any significant activity in the program.
So what do we want to do about it? Good question.
First off, I think we still need to state some goals and for that we’ll need input from Fedora and Red Hat as to what outcomes they’re hoping for. Is it market penetration by way of installs? Is it measured in presentations per month? Or can it be anything we want it to be as long as it involves engaging with university students and faculty?
Knowing that I had to leave as soon as the 3:30 pizza delivery arrived, we didn’t get very far.
The key points I had in my moleskin were…
1, If we can get people started, do we have mentors?
2, Can we come up with suggested activities, presentations and SWAG offerings to get these new folks rolling?
Key points to question 1 are; Do students find us, or do we find the students? Both? Does the campus ambassador need to be a student? Is it possible to ask current ambassadors to hit campuses near them to get things started or should we try other ways to spur interest?
For question 2, I think we all felt a little more confident that we could update the wiki and provide collateral materials.
- Sponsoring meetings. As in we pay for Pizza to encourage attendance at existing campus meetings.
- Presentation templates. Stock presentations covering basics like what is Linux and Open Source, the Fedora Project through possibly more advanced topics. (As I write this I’m suggesting we have a way for community members to request help with presentations to pool resources from the Fedora Project when the topic doesn’t exist. )
- Activity suggestions – Some could simply be for fun, while others could be outlines to follow for pre-planning specific events. Launch Parties, Install Fests, Software Freedom Day, or others.
- SWAG so that there’s a little something extra for participants of the above.
So my goal right now is to begin thinking about what suggestions I can add to the wiki. I’m sure we’ll have another meeting sometime soon and I’ll update you as to what we come up with.