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This is the main page for the Fedora Ambassador Day for North America, which is a FAD-NA focused on planning future events, areas of concentration, and ambassador processes in North America. FADNA will be one day prior to FUDCON in Lawrence Kansas! Go to for more information!

This FAD-NA is in the Planning phase!
If you would like to help plan this event, please come to a FamNA meeting. Additional information and actions can be found on the event's ticket.

Proposed Accomodations

Lawrence Kansas TBD


  1. Our purpose is to... complete with the following primary goals:
    • Make Ambadassadors more awesome
    • Make contributing easier.
    • primary goal
  2. In addition, we will attempt to complete the following secondary goals as time allows:
    • Identifying the best candidates to teach new skills to (in relation to folks from other Distros- as well as other types of geeks like gamers
    • Creation of local Fedora groups
    • secondary goal


# Full Name Hotel Thursday's Dinner Arrival Details Departure Details Est. Travel $$
excl Hotel
1 Clint Savage yes yes Wed 8:31PM (MCI) Mon 2:35PM (MCI) ~300
2 Dan Mashal yes yes Thu 4:32PM (Omaha, NE) Mon 4:57PM (Omaha,NE) $500 Flying in from SJC to OMA for FUDCON/FADNA and driving down with rdieter
3 Ben Williams yes yes

Planning Prerequisites

See the How to organize a FAD list; you can keep your to-do list here.

  • Completed work item
  • Work out budget
  • Decide on Dates and Location
  • Arrange Facilities
  • List Resources
    • Local folks for driving/picking up folks, 3 nearby airports, numerous locations to choose from
  • Be Somewhat Structured
  • Arrange Lodging
  • Arrange Refreshments
  • Arrange a Social Event
    • If we use 20th and Mission, an open bar event is most likely included
  • Beefy Miracle cutout is needed.
  • Another action item
  • Another action item

Planning Prerequisite Brainstorming

  1. Proposed Purposes and Goals
    1. Help people polish some new presentations they might want to give on Fedora
    2. Solving logistical problems or discussing how to get new ambassadors or having more mentors
    3. Planning who is covering what for major events in the coming year or so
    4. Are there any swag/distribution issues or ideas for improving those processes
    5. Can ambassadors help promote Fedora things within the Fedora Project (like FADs for non-ambassadors)
    6. Evaluating the how-to-get involved processes/updating them then making how to videos about them :)
    7. Media/educational campaigns such as videos for local cable access, or even a weekly/monthly cable access show featuring open source, specifically fedora?
    8. Can ambassadors work more effectively with marketing or should ambassadors tackle some neglected tasks in that area
    9. Fix processes that are confusing or not well documented (handling funding requests, getting mentors and the whole concept of mentoring, effective use of trac instances)
  2. Location: Agreed from FAMNA (Tuesday Sept 25th) Day before FUDCON 2013 in Lawrence Kansas January 17, 2013


  1. Location: Lawrence, Kansas
  2. Date: 17 January 2012
  3. Schedule
    • Participants arrive at THIS_TIME_AND_DATE
    • Schedule item
    • Schedule item
    • Schedule item
    • Participants leave at THIS_TIME_AND_DATE
  4. Important skills (one or more)
    • skill
    • skill
    • skill
  5. Personnel (people who might fit the bill)
    • Name (location, role) Confirmed? (Y/N)
    • Name (location, role) Confirmed? (Y/N)
    • Name (location, role) Confirmed? (Y/N)
    • others?
  6. Other considerations
    • Contributor V can offer a living room for evening social gatherings.
    • Contributor W has a car and is willing to do airport pick-ups.
    • Contributor X needs as much advance notice as possible.
    • Contributor Y has a schedule that is better on Fridays than on Tuesdays, and prefers weekend times after 4:28 AM.
    • Contributor Z is allergic to peanuts.

Local people

  • Need List of people in Lawrence
  • Ian Weller (hosting FUDCON)


Snacks/Beverages: Details go here.


Add work items here that we should cover. Please contribute to the proposed work product of our next Fedora Ambassador Day by adding topics important to you below.

Agenda Table - Ideas and Deliverables

Deliverable Description Owner(s) Time (duration)
List of Ambassador marketing materials needs to give to marketing to produce, prioritized. Cover deliverables and ideas including: Marketing Flyer and how it can be updated; Generic slide deck template for presentations / events, Slide deck with talking points for each cycle, Laptop show, enhance generic Talking Points, rewrite elevator pitch. Discuss whether existing materials that marketing produces are useful for Ambassadors. Lots of other ideas welcome. Not sure yet on time needed. Robyn Bergeron 1.5-2 hrs
SOP / Process for handing off Marketing information to Ambassadors each cycle. What is the best / most effective way for Marketing to disseminate Talking Points, etc. to Ambassadors each cycle? How can we be more helpful? Work more with FAMSCo, have 2x per cycle joint meetings, other ideas? No more than one hour needed. Robyn Bergeron 1 hr
Discuss mentoring in North America It seems even with the amount of ambassador mentors that manatees (aka mentorees) who initiate the mentoring process do not complete the tasks in front of them. Perception? or Process? What is the issue here, and how do we fix it? Clint Savage MarkDude 60-90 minutes
I did it! A talk about something I did that I didn't think I could do before until I actually did it. Dan Mashal 1-2 hours probably)
Swag Procurement and Distribution With a couple of years under our belts doing this it is time to take a look at it from a different perspective (hindsight). Goal: Improve processes, eliminate Max (meant only in a really friendly way), keep stock, know who has stock, etc. inode0 45-60 minutes
Growth of Regional Leadership I'm really keen to involve more people in several key areas to keep the ship moving. We have always encouraged the growth of swag producers but not so much in the distribution chain or the regional leadership itself. When is it time for new regional leadership? Is that construct still even useful? Goal: Leave with a reason to not think that if herlo, lcafiero, and ke4qqq went away we would collapse. Or put another way, leave with a plan to engage more ambassadors in the leadership process and in all other areas of FAmNA. MarkDude 45-60 minutes
Budget While budget "authority" has been shifting from the direction of FAmSCo in the direction of regional leadership there are some practical problems that remain. Goal: Develop a more clearly defined budget process allowing regional leaders to make meaningful budget decisions and be responsible for FAmNA spending Fedora resources in an accountable fashion. inode0 30-45 minutes
Wiki The FADNA wiki pages could use review and maintenance. For example, it takes a bit of navigating to find this page. Wikis tend to experience sprawl of sorts and pages get lost. Goal: Develop ideas which will help in keeping the wiki organized and updated. Ivan Makfinsky (and inode0 can help)
Event Planning What do you do when you have an event to organize? What are the things you need to know when you are organizing an event, whether it's representing Fedora to a LUG, or tabling at a larger expo? Goal: Have ambassadors be both knowledgable and comfortable with planning events at any level. MarkDude 2 hours (coffee included)
How to embrace disgruntled users of other distros With the past/present/future unpopular changes in several distros there are a lot of long time GNU/Linux users that were/are/will be roaming the Free Landscape. How do we make ourselves stand out to these people Dan Mashal 1 hour

Detailed Agenda

Wednesday, Jan 16th, 2013

  • Attendees arrive.

Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

  • 9:30am - 10:00am: Introductions, Logistics, Wireless access. Review Agenda so we're all clear. (inode0, rbergeron)
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm: Event Planning -- (MarkDude)
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Food and VRAC. (dan408)
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Budget, swag procurement & distribution, regional leadership growth. (inode0) (?)
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Wiki maintenance. (?)

Evening: Dining?


If you want funding - you will need to talk to newly formed OSAS - talk to Ruth Suehle. If you can find other ways to fund your FAD, that's great too!

Contributor Dept Arrv Dept Arrv Cost
Name Travel to FAD, departure Travel to FAD, arrival Travel from FAD, departure Travel from FAD, arrival Ticket cost
Name Travel to FAD, departure Travel to FAD, arrival Travel from FAD, departure Travel from FAD, arrival Ticket cost
Name Travel to FAD, departure Travel to FAD, arrival Travel from FAD, departure Travel from FAD, arrival Ticket cost
  1. Travel: $A for airfare, bus, train, etc. funding needed to get attendees to the FAD
  2. Housing: $B for hotel, etc. needed to have attendees sleep during the FAD
    • link to hotel room booking website, if applicable
  3. Space: $C for renting space to hack in, if applicable
    • address and travel details for the space
  4. Supplies: $D for anything else you may need
    • item
    • item
    • item

Total budget: $A+B+C+D