[Ubuntu-US-CA] Fwd: Ubuntu Developer Summits Now Online and Every Three Months

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Tue Feb 26 19:02:48 UTC 2013

Hi folks,

This news just came through this morning, they're moving UDS to an
online format which will take place every 3 months.

Most notably for the team though: "This online event will replace
future physical UDSs, including the event originally planned in
Oakland, California in May 2013."

So unfortunately no UDS in Oakland!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jono Bacon <jono at ubuntu.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Subject: Ubuntu Developer Summits Now Online and Every Three Months
To: community-announce at lists.ubuntu.com

Hi All,

>From the beginning of the Ubuntu project the Ubuntu community has
discussed, designed, and planned each release of Ubuntu at the <a
href="http://uds.ubuntu.com/">Ubuntu Developer Summit</a> (UDS), which
happens every six months at the beginning of a new release cycle.

The event, organized and funded by Canonical, is designed to get the
brightest minds in the Ubuntu community together and develop a
rigorous set of blueprints and work items for the forthcoming release
of Ubuntu. These blueprints are tracked openly in
https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/ and work items tracked openly
at http://status.ubuntu.com.

UDS has had a long culture of openness and transparency, including
remote participation features, but Canonical wants to continue
improving and refining the openness and accessibility of the event.
Furthermore, we also want to open the opportunity for those to
participate who cannot travel physically to the event, particularly
those who can bring specialist experience and expertise across the
convergent goals of Ubuntu across the client and cloud orchestration
in the server. Finally with the change and evolution of Ubuntu and the
increasing diversity of experience joining the Ubuntu community, we
want to be able to have community-wide discussions more often than
every six months.

With these goals in mind the Ubuntu Developer Summit is transitioning
over to an online event that takes place for two days every three
months, and driven by live video discussion sessions, complete with
integrated discussion, note-taking, and harnessing social media. This
online event will replace future physical UDSs, including the event
originally planned in Oakland, California in May 2013.

In the new online format the event will make extensive use of Google+
Hangouts On Air split across four channels, Client, Server & Cloud,
Community, and App Developers, with each channel having two video
streams totalling 8 potential concurrent UDS topics. UDS sessions will
be spread across these channels with integrated IRC, Etherpad, Social
Media sharing, and links to blueprints and specs.

As with the physical UDS, the event will also include keynotes,
plenary sessions and lightning talks; providing a great online venue
for planning the future of Ubuntu as well as delivering news,
education, demos and other related material. As with the physical UDS,
the new online format is open to all to participate as a contributor
or viewer, and we are confident that the online format will open up
UDS to more and more people around the world.

The new format of UDS provides an enhanced level of openness and
transparency that is optimized for online participants. Unlike the
physical UDS where a portion of the agenda is recorded in video form,
*every* session in the new UDS format will be recorded and available
from the schedule. Likewise, with the format of the event being
online, the audio and video quality of the online experience should be
much improved compared to recording a physical room of people with a
single microphone and camera and variable sound levels. The full set
of recordings will also make reviewing past sessions easier and make
it easier for the press, enthusiasts, partners and others to review
the details of the discussions.

The event will continue to be scheduled at http://summit.ubuntu.com
and due to the lighter nature of organizing an online event as opposed
to a physical event, the new UDS format will be scheduled
approximately every three months (as opposed to every six months).
This will provide an increased level of participation and discussion
around how we create and build Ubuntu across the desktop, devices and

With the fantastic level of interest in the recent phone and tablet
announcements, we decided that we couldn’t wait until May to run this
new format for UDS, so the first online UDS will be taking place next
week from 5th - 6th March 2013 from 4pm UTC - 10pm UTC and the next
event will take place around the same time as the originally scheduled
physical UDS in Oakland; we will confirm the dates soon. Canonical
will review the success of the next two online events and then then
assess whether to continue the online format. We look forward to
seeing you at the inaugural online UDS next week!



Jono Bacon
Ubuntu Community Manager
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