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    Default Community Gathering 2009

    I sent out a quick email to some of the various community members yesterday regarding their thoughts for a Pentaho Europe Community Gathering somewhere later this summer.

    The general consensus was that it was a good idea... so I'm now on the hunt for peoples ideas about location, last years meet was in Mainz, Germany, so personally I think it should be somewhere else, different town, different country(as long as its not the UK, this is my excuse for a holiday).

    So far Cologne has been suggested(yes I know its Germany, I'm just passing along the ideas) along with Amsterdam or Brussels, but as this is a European event there are obviously plenty of other potential venues. The general rules being, somewhere commutable from an international airport, somewhere where we can find a venue to do some talks/presentations(Uni, hotel function room etc), and of course somewhere with a decent amount of beer.
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    Uni, Airport, Central spot and beer? You must be talking of Dublin.
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    And with Leeds airport about 5 minutes from my house... where better?
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    My vote is Barcelona
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    London!!!

    Or Milan perhaps? ;p)

    I'm in anyway... can you remember to book some sunny weather too....

    I'll second Barcelona tho!

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    +1 for Barcelona ;-)

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    Hi,

    I propose Barcelona. We (TodoBI-Stratebi), were in Mainz and I think is a suitable place: good comunications, good weather, beers, beach,...

    We can collaborate in organization...

    Emilio
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    Hey Everybody -

    Looks like this thread sort of stalled, maybe you were waiting for some input from Pentaho. We can sponsor a gathering similar to last year but I need someone on the ground to tke care of the logistics. Barcelona would work if we can get someone to take care of the arrangements. I talked to Thomas this week about Dublin since he is living there now. He volunteered to find a place and coordinate. If anyone else can do the same for another location, reply to this thread.

    Last year we covered the cost of the meeting place, lunch, snacks and the wine cellar tour. We can do the same this year. After last year we talked about doing 2 days instead of 1. That is another topic we should discuss depending on how many people want to do a presentation. Again, reply to this thread if you are interested.

    I assume we need to wait until the European holiday season is over (Sept? Oct?) either is fine with me. I'll be there whenever, Thomas is coming, Matt will be there and I haven't talked to Julian yet. As for the Orlando crowd, I'm not sure who but I know a few people are interested. Maybe you could vote for your favorite O-Town Ho-to-Go (or which not not go )

    Let's get this thread cranked up again with some ideas!

    Doug

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    I would prefer Barcelona, since its more warm there
    I think Tom is in contact with the guys from StrateBI, which are based in Madrid but also in Barcelona. Don't know if he got any news from them.

    I vote for Aaron Philipps (he wants to come and he's been helping with PAT) to come (apart from the one you mentioned + jens)

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    Barcelona is warm, but there's plenty of fresh Guinness in Dublin.
    As far as I'm concerned, the location isn't that important, but the longer we wait, the harder it will get to arrange a conference room, flights, hotels, etc...

    Although Mainz was great, most people there seemed to agree one day of presentations/technical talk was very short to get things done, maybe because not all presentations were at the same level. With some quality control, we could filter out the presentation(s) that have no added value, and use the available time more efficiently.

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    Yeah bart,

    Emilio is on the case for a venue in Barcelona, if we don't here anything by the middle of the week I'll mail him again. If he can't find anywhere we can fall back to Dublin, I can fly to either from Leeds/Bradford, about 10 minutes from my house

    Regarding presentations, I was thinking about having a sign up form for presentations and people can vote or something on the most relevant to what they want to see.

    Thoughts?

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    Perhaps we should put up a speaker invitation. 6 weeks before the event we'll decide. Something like that seems fair.
    I would stick to the same concept as in Mainz: no marketing talks, no matter what. People like Julian, Thomas & myself can talk for hours on various Pentaho subjects (and the same goes for others too). We would have meaningful stuff to say too so we should never be so short of topics that we pick advertisement over it.

    So yeah, we can make it a bit longer. Making a long trip for just a day worth of talks is perhaps not enough. Perhaps one and a half days spread out over 2 days with a stop early in the afternoon. Day 1 : 9:30am-3:30pm, Day 2 : 9:30am-3:30pm. After that we do "shtuff": socializing, culture, drinking, tappas, whatever.

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