We had over 500+ participants at FOSS Hack 3.0 (including 150+ folks who joined in person), and 1200+ people at IndiaFOSS 3.0. Now, as we scale up, we need to enhance the experience for both participants and volunteers alike.
Currently,these events are organised with a few months of gap between them so as to ensure enough time and effort can go into planning them. As we tread this path, a new dea has emerged – to combine FOSS HACK and IndiaFOSS into one extended event of innovation, learning, and collaboration.
Running two major events within a short timeframe demands an immense amount of effort and dedication from our community. By merging FOSS Hack and IndiaFOSS into a single event we envision creating a seamless experience that maximizes the impact of both events while minimizing exhaustion for the team and volunteers.
It also helps the energy of a hackathon seamlessly transition into the knowledge-sharing spirit of a FOSS conference.
Consolidating our efforts for a joint event allows us to streamline logistics, reduce duplication of tasks, and ensure a smoother experience for everyone involved.
We would like to hear the community’s thoughts on the same, potential concerns, challenges, benefits that you may be able to foresee. Please share your insights, questions, and suggestions in the comments below.
Conduct the events together, a 24 hour hackathon starting on Friday Morning transitioning to IndiaFOSS on Saturday, perhaps at the same venue. NIMHANS first floor could be used for the hackathon while volunteers make arrangements for the conference on ground floor. This will ensure consolidated efforts going into logistics, since the events happens in a collective period.
Conduct both events spanning over two adjacent weekends. A localised FOSS Hack where each city chapter will conduct their own FOSS Hack, culminating into IndiaFOSS 4.0, conducted as a single event at one venue in the flagship model.
This ensures that people don’t have to take a leave from their workplace/institute for a weekday event, and also reduces the amount of travel and accomodation requirement for speakers,volunteers and participants since the hackathon may be happening in a city nearby them. It will also definitely help us reach more people for FOSS Hack, and have both events more smoothly and involve more of the community.