This week, I've had the pleasure of being in Gothenburg for the first annual FOSS North 2016 conference. Johan Thelin, who was one of the main organisers, was already speaking about a repeat performance next year which I'm very much looking forward to.
The event was visited by just over 100 people most of which came from the area and worked with or had a strong personal interest in free and open source software. My principal contribution of the day was a talk in the afternoon about the state of free software in Europe (and elsewhere), which I will post more about on Monday.
Other speakers included FSFE's vice president Alessandro Rubini who held a very appreciated talk about time and FSFE's fellowship representative Mirko Boehm who spoke about OIN. Anders Arnholm spoke about software craftmanship, we got a peek at the new logo and roadmap of the curl project from Daniel Stenberg and Alexandra Leisse spoke about the user experience of complexity. The day was filled with interesting topics and discussions which continued into the evening.
For myself, I also got a chance to for the first time in many years put up an FSFE booth at the conference, which led to a number of interesting connections and discussions with the participants and at times the FSFE table also became the gathering point for most of the participating Fellows and volunteers during the breaks. I should give a special thanks to Sebastian Hörberg who helped keep an eye on things.
From a booth participation point of view, it was also the first time I traveled with a "light" booth setup with limited merchandise and information material. In fact, aside from some pins and keychains, the only real swags I brought with me were our NoCloud t-shirts in two colors.
I also used an exhibition stand which fold into an (oversized) case which made transport extremely convenient: in one single case I carried all swag, material for the booth, a roll-up and the exhibition stand itself. And there was plenty of room to spare! It's definitely something I will do again, and I can see the FSFE participating in more events in Sweden in the future (and elsewhere; I can easily take it on a flight).
Here are a few photos of the booth setup. In the last one you can imagine how the curved surface on the outside (if you take away the FSFE banner) is actually hiding the storage case itself. You just take away the top, remove the banner, and then fold it together.