Hello from SXSW!

Greetings from Austin, TX! I’m here as part of an effort to reach out in venues that are not typically Free Software aware and bring awareness of Free Software and our mission to SXSW. In addition, we will also reach out to other communities and learn from them on how they they manage communities. This includes how the manage social media which is an important aspect of engagement.

To learn about SXSW – feel free to browse http://www.sxsw.org/

The plan is to get GNOME out there to attendees, we have an event on Saturday, thanks to the fabulous Tiffany Yau who has been working as our volunteer event planner. We have an event located near the Austin convention center on Saturday. I hope to take pictures and put some on the blog. While I only have a day pass for Friday, I plan to be active on Saturday hopefully talking to people in the periphery about GNOME, about Free Software and getting the word out. We weren’t able to get our USB sticks, but no matter, we plan on printing fliers and the like that we can give out. Focusing mostly on the OPW program in this time frame.

The OPW program is one our strongest strengths and shows GNOME’s commitment to diversity and is another aspect of how much GNOME is a trailblazer. We hope to communicate that this weekend.

I would like to thank the GNOME Foundation for funding this trip and accommodation of which my presence at this conference would not be possible!

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