[Ubuntu-be] Accenta 2009 - Report

jean7491 jean7491 at free.fr
Thu Sep 24 09:00:46 BST 2009

Hi to all,

The following report, with pictures, has been added to the wiki :

Thanks to Digipolis Ghent (http://www.digipolis.be/), Ubuntu-be was 
present at the yearly fair Accenta 2009 on 19 and 20/09/2009 in Ghent - 
Flanders Expo.

This commercial fair and its public was very different from our usual 
Dipro environment.

Nevertheless, and despite an unfavourable location, the team succeeded 
to present a very positive image of Ubuntu. The afflux of visitors was 
regular and our volunteers nearly permanently busy with explanations and 
demonstrations. Most of people did not know about the existence of Ubuntu.

For several reasons, the Ubuntu personal was at a minimum level (4(-) on 
Saturday and 3 on Sunday).

The space, furniture and material including 1 beamer, 1 screen and 4 
laptops (running on live-cd's), and decoration, all from Digipolis at 
our disposal, was excellent.

The new flyers were attractive and easily distributed. Approximately 100 
CD's were delivered.

A short presentation in 5 slides (screenshots) "how to use a live-CD" 
has been used as support for basic explanation. We still need a 
presentation (not a video) with simple screenshots of the steps "how to 
install Ubuntu in dual-boot on a generic PC". Existing videos are good 
for home use, but not adequate for fair public (too long and detailed).

Our home-made promotion material (banner, support for the posters, ...) 
is well adapted for Dipro fairs, but when used in more important events, 
like Accenta, it seems ridiculous compared with the surrounding booths 
and their decoration. The cost of the booth presentation is naturally 

For this kind of particular events, we should have at disposal some 
professional decoration material, like deployable (roll-up or pop-up?) 
posters and logos. Perhaps is this kind of material available by 
Canonical, or we could ask tips from appropriate people and sponsors for 

Finances: 11,25 euro of public donations, transferred to Ubuntu-be 


It was a very successful event for Ubuntu promotion in a more commercial 

Our booth brought once again the image of Ubuntu in the daily life in 
Ghent area.


/Ubuntu Belgium Events Team/
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