I would like to expose my thoughts about the last unconference. The event was great and enjoyable. We had a good time to meet again.
But I find this kind of event does not really grow the community. We stay at about 50 attendees each times.
I think the problem is that we are talking (make presentations) for ourselves. It is not bad to share our experiences and tips about Tryton. But we could probably do the same by spending less energy if we did not try to include outsiders.
My point is that I think we should have two kinds of events.
A first kind which will be focused to the active community. I think about code sprint weekend for example. Such event could be done twice a year (B2CK could pledge to organize one per year). They will not require a lot of effort to organize at first as we usually are between, 10 to 20. And I think they will keep up the flow of contributions.
Another kind which will be focused to outsiders. I think they could be just one day of presentation. They would focus on showing Tryton and explaining it. The target audience should be more decision makers. I do not think we should be recurring but on-demand. My idea would be that a company (or a group of companies) requests the Foundation to organize a presentation day. This company will commit to promote and invite local people to attend (probably for free). And the Foundation would “provide” some materials and some people (knowing enough Tryton). The Foundation would cover the traveling expenses for those volunteers (the Foundation may request participation from the organiser).
So we would require to create a standardized material to showcase Tryton and create a pool of volunteers.
What do you think?