Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Building innovation nodes through Free Software Communities (IV): localization/facilities

Please keep in mind that this is the fourth of a series of post. Please read previous ones ( I, II and III) before the following.

The venue is very important in order to be successful. I suggest to launch the project in a city with the following characteristics:
  • Big not not too much, so activities created have a global impact in the city. 
  • With at least one big University with Computers Science and Engineering/Science Faculties. This will ensure potential contributors.
  • Well communicated with bigger cities so activities organized can attract visitors from those cities.
  • With an international airport so it is easy for the Global Free Software Communities (GFSC) to celebrate promotional and technical activities with foreign speakers and attendees.

The facilities are a key element in order to have success. Some of the most relevant characteristics that the venue must have are: 
  • Close to the city center, well communicated with the airport or train station (if there is international airport) and close to the University if possible.
  • Close to hotels, hostels or other accommodations. It is important to have cheap accommodation around the facilities.
  • Some kind of garden or natural area where to talk comfortably outdoors.
  • Cafeterias, bars and restaurants must be close to the facilities.
  • Facilities must have, at least:
    • A room for conferences up to 75 - 100 people.
    • High quality Internet connection. Wifi in the area and outside.
    • AC Plugs.
    • A meeting room.
    • A computer lab or a room prepared for plugging laptops.
    • A networking area with some tables.
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To be successful, the place must have a comfortable atmosphere. It must be a quiet but informal. It must promote interaction but also intimacy. 

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