Wednesday, April 01, 2015

FUDCon APAC 2015 Thanks to community for huge response for CFP

    I was interested in writing this blog post couple of weeks back but was away for Fossasia 2015 and them some family events. I know its never late to say thanks you :)

    We started accepting CFP on 9th Feb 2015 and decided deadline for submitting papers 9th March. Earlier i was bit doubtful regarding how many submission we might get. Specifically when we don't have great numbers of Fedora users around.  At one moment even thought "Might  be, we will need to extend CFP by a week". Started marketing activities for CFP.

    Started by sending an email on Fedora mailing lists including India, Ambassadors, Devel, Announce and everywhere possible and requested to forward further to relevant mailing lists.

    Prepared FudCon-outreach-list  and listed down all the FOSS related organizations and communities, interested in Fedora and decided to sent them email. Do go through this list, it is great resource for one planning conference around FOSS.

    Its time consuming task to send email to all the communities, so decided whoever has contacts or communicated earlier with any list, just start sending CFP email. Went very well.

    During discussion we also thought its good to contact IT companies interested in FOSS. Talked with friends working with them and requested to forward CFP to there organizations.

    We were looking for flyer for CFP from the day 1 CFP open but it was pending on logo for FUDCon APAC 2015. During the time we got logo and just in time i.e. last week we got our awesome flyer for CFP ready !! Though it was in last week but it helped to spread the message. Got almost 50% submissions in last week.

Specifically wanted to thanks following supporters:
  1. Helped in prepared CFP related contents and Flyers.
  2. Helped in filling up missing bits in outreach and also helped in completing task. 
  3. Forwarded FUDCon CFP related email to respective organizations.
  4. Sharing FUDCon CFP related post through social media.  Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
  5. Bloggers and FedoraMagazine writers AND
  6. Last but not the list the one who actually submitted sessions :)

    I know most of you already know, still let me write it again. We got total 140 paper submissions. This is nice number specifically when we are having available slots only around 40-50 and was expecting around 60-70 talks.

    Many many congratulations to FUDCon APAC pune 2015 outreach and marketing group for achieving first target.

    Now lets gear up again for our next target to marketing actual event. We will have speakers list and schedule ready most probably by next week. We will have some meeting to prepare plan for event marketing. Excited to work with you all again for our next milestone. :)