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GNOME Foundation Budget and Plans

Multi-User Area

Thanks to the feedback of some teams, a draft of GNOME Foundation 2011 budget and plans (from October 2010 to September 2011) is available to be reviewed. There are two documents: a summary with short explanations of every item and a spreadsheet with the consolidated items.

If your team has an activity in mind (hackfest, conference, or another GNOME related activity or idea), you can send your plan (with goals, deliverables and budget required) to the board or foundation-list to discuss it.

Syndicated 2010-12-23 06:30:46 from Personal notes

If you become a Director of GNOME Foundation

When I ran for a seat for the Board of Directors of the GNOME Foundation one year ago, as many other contributors, I did not have a clear idea of what a director was supposed to do. However, I had an idea of the results I wanted to see.

For people still hesitating if run or not, you should consider:

  • What are the results you would like to see?
  • Be aware of the results that other board members (and the community) would like to see
  • Do not block tasks (for my personal taste, responsiveness matters)
  • It takes time (read Federico’s Board member mini-howto and Paul’s post A Peek Under the Covers)

As simple as that.

There are good things, such as being a facilitator for getting things done, collect and provide good information for taking better decisions, encourage and follow other people ideas, “extend” the board to reach other communities (diversity is good).

Sometimes, it can be overwhelmed. There are plenty of discussions on the board mailing list. There are only 9 people subscribed and all of them must follow and participate in the discussions, because it is part of their role. For instance, if you are motivated and you start 5 threads with good ideas, the next time you will check your email you might have easily 20 replies to follow up, and so on. And an idea without execution does not worth. However, it is much better to feel overwhelmed that does not receive any reply at all.

On the other hand, the board is different than other parts/teams of the project. Usually, when you are hacking on a project, and other hackers are busy in their own life, you can continue your work and take decisions (meritocracy rules). With respect to the board, if there is not enough votes to take a decision, simply you get stuck on that item. There are workarounds, but basically you must insist.

As everything, it has ups and downs, but -as Vincent said- you can make a difference.

Syndicated 2010-05-23 05:20:49 from Personal notes

GUADEC: Travel sponsorships delayed

Baldomero

In the Travel Committee we try to have an answer as soon as possible and before two weeks after we received an application form (for GUADEC, two weeks after the deadline). Now, we are officially delayed.

For your information, we have been waiting for the accommodation deal and we expect to receive news by the next Tuesday 18th. Also, we know every week counts.

Thank you for your understanding.

Syndicated 2010-05-15 14:39:33 from Personal notes

GUADEC: Status of travel sponsorship requests

Kristiansand Kristiansand, Norway

The Travel Committee received 61 sponsorship requests (13 more than the last year). The information has been cross-checked (speakers, GSoC students and mentors, travel costs, arrival dates, etc.) and now we are working on the accommodation costs.

Statitics
7 Females
54 Males
18 Speakers
11 Google Summer of Code students
6 Google Summer of Code mentors
39 Members of GNOME Foundation (4 GSoC students)
7 Requested only accommodation
5 Requested only travel fare

In total, we were requested US$49,578.- for travel fares. However, we will not sponsor the train from Amsterdam (Schiphol) to Den Haag because it costs €7,60 (one-way) and we think it is an affordable amount of money. Hence, we can save €15,2 per every travel request (~US$1,100.-), which might help us to sponsor more people.

Having that in consideration plus better airfares we were able to find, we would need US$41,738.- instead of US$49,578.-

On the other hand, we would need around 28 double rooms. However, the accommodation costs this year are higher than the costs when the bid was presented. It would not be a big deal for 1 or 2 people, but it is different when you are booking for 55 people (5/6 nights each).

Every euro/dollar counts.

Syndicated 2010-04-30 22:03:42 from Personal notes

Travel assistance applications to attend to GUADEC

Dear hackers,

The GNOME Foundation provides travel sponsorships to individuals that want to attend GUADEC and need financial assistance.

We are happy to announce the Travel Committee is ready to receive applications for sponsorships to attend to GUADEC 2010. This year, GUADEC is being held in the The Hague University, in The Hague, Netherlands, from Monday 26th July, until Friday 30th July.

The instructions are detailed at http://live.gnome.org/Travel. Please read them carefully.

Deadline: April 27, 2009, 19:00 UTC. You can start sending your applications now!

Surf
Surf, A Coruña

Some additional comments:

  • Any information you send to the Travel Committee will be private. Asking for sponsorship does not guarantee you will get sponsored.
  • A good application with good information will be processed faster.
  • If you need help with accommodation, the Travel Committee will book the hotel or hostel for you. This enables us to get group rates and provide accommodation assistance to the most people possible.
    You should state that you need accommodation, and leave the cost blank.
  • Always choose the most economical option whenever possible. People who need travel sponsorship, should look for the best price (i.e. through a service like kayak.com). If the Travel Committee finds a cheaper price, that will be the price considered during the evaluation.
  • If you are applying to a Google Summer of Code program (as student or mentor) you should mention it in your application. Preference will be given to students and mentors participating in the Google Summer of Code or the Outreach Program for Women.
    GSoC students usually get a percentage of their GUADEC expenses covered.
  • If you submitted an abstract to be presented at GUADEC, you should mention it in your application. Preference will be given to people giving presentations at GUADEC.
    The GUADEC paper committee will let the travel committee know which talks have been accepted, so as long as you let us know you submitted one, there is no need to follow up.
  • The Travel committee should reply back about receiving your application within 2-3 days. After that we would accumulate all the sponsorship requests and process them together. So please do not panic (have any butterflies in your stomach) if we take some time to reply on the status. Affirmative/Negative you would surely get a response.
  • No personal emails. Please keep travel-committee Cc’ed on all your replies.

You can find us in the #travel channel at irc.gnome.org.

Billetes y sombreros
Money hats (origami)

Syndicated 2010-04-13 01:49:54 from Germán Póo-Caamaño

Catalina, Moonlight Mask and GUADEC

Finally, the Travel Committee has replied to every request for sponsorship received (positives and negatives). So, if you have not received an email from us yet, do not hesitate in get in touch with us through the email or irc (#travel).

Sculpture of Juan Gantes masked (by gpoo, on Flickr)

Sculpture of Juan Gantes masked (as Moonlight Mask :-)

We have booked 16 apartments at Catalina Park, which looks nice, in a good location and still austere. We were told they will enable a special room for attendants to the conference. The process of booking took more time than expected, but thanks to Jorge Bustos and Chema Casanova (who gave us a hand from Spain) it was possible to accelerate it.

We tried to sponsor as much contributors as possible, however it was not possible to sponsor everybody.

At the end, we received 51 applications, 3 of them arrived a bit later and other 3 very later. We have assigned assistantship to 43 people (travel and/or accommodation).

Syndicated 2009-05-24 06:45:32 from Germán Póo-Caamaño

GUADEC’s sponsorships update

The Travel Committee is expected to reply every request for sponsorship in the next two weeks after the deadline. Because the original deadline was April 27, people who applied for sponsorship are worried because they do not have received any email coming from us yet (neither positive or negative).

Aserrín (Sawdust)
Aserrín (Sawdust)

So, this is just an update of the GUADEC sponsorship process in order to let the people know in which part of the process we are. So, if you are waiting news from us, do not get nervous.

On Thursday 7, we replied to the sponsorship requests of the first group of people. This group was composed by people who have a work (talk) accepted to be presented at GUADEC. It was possible because it was a small group and we were sure we could cover their costs (mostly).

Besides, the Travel Committee is taking care of the accommodations. It let us to reduce and keep under control the costs, hence, we can support more people. And it will depend of the final place how many people we will be able to sponsor. We are delayed because the booking process has been slower than we expected. But we are working on it.

But I let you know we are prioritizing mainly as following: speakers (core, cross-desktop, normal, bof, lightning talk), foundation members, summer of code students, other people. There are other factors, such as, give the chance to people who were not sponsored the last year or people.

One thing is sure: if you were sponsored, you will not stay at Hotel Fataga. It is one of the most expensive hotels in the list and it is only our last resort.

Syndicated 2009-05-13 04:30:17 from Germán Póo-Caamaño

Status of GUADEC’s sponsorship requests

Iguassu Falls
Panorama of Iguassu falls

The Travel Committee has received 48 sponsorship requests and we have started to processing them. It will be a bit hard, as you may guess and as you may deduce according the following tables:

General statitics
5 Females
43 Males
19 Speakers (not confirmed yet)
8 Google Summer of Code students
30 Members of GNOME Foundation
1 Applicant declined his request


Requests and funds (in US dollars)
Minimum requested: $ 59,038.-
Maximum requested: $ 61,101.-
Funds available for sponsoships: $ 30,000.-


The amount requested should be a bit higher than it is shown in the second table, because we need to get some clarification from some people. However, I am confident we could save at least $ 9,000 if we look for a different lodging than the main one recommended by the organizers.

Sooner than later we should send emails asking for more information (when it were needed). We will do our best.

Syndicated 2009-05-04 03:15:25 from Germán Póo-Caamaño

Travel assistantships (after hours)

If you feel angry or disheartened because you missed the deadline to apply for sponsorship to attend to GUADEC 2009

A travel in parasubidas Boxing injuries

the deadline has been extended in 72 hours. Applications will be received until April 30 19:00 UTC.

Read carefully the instructions and the proccess at the Travel’s page.

Gnome Love

Syndicated 2009-04-27 20:32:27 from Germán Póo-Caamaño

More on GUADEC’s travel assistanship

To everybody who have sent an application for travel & accomodation sponsorship:

If you did it before than April 27 02:00 UTC, I have sent an acknowledgment (email) confirming we (the Travel Committee) have received your request. If you have not received any acknowledgment coming from me, you should re-send your application.

Butterfly at Iguassu Falls
Butterfly at Iguassu Falls

Syndicated 2009-04-27 03:27:46 from Germán Póo-Caamaño

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