Before heading to Panama I planned to host a hackfest session to discuss some ideas for the next FUDCons in Latin America. I registered the session on the wiki and prepared a few slides just to guide people through the topic. When preparing the event agenda in Panama I scheduled the session for the last hour of the last day of the conference. That was because I wanted everybody to be aware of what a FUDCon is before attending to the hackfest.
Before the session starts I asked Alejandro and Sebá to attend in order to share their experiences with everybody. Alejandro was the main organizer of FUDCon Panamá, and Sebá the main organizer of FUDCon Santiago held last year in Chile. Earlier at the event Alejandro told me that he doesn’t like to appear much, so I thought: “I’ll make him talk!”. And he did it great! He accumulated a lot of experiences organizing the FUDCon, so did Sebá. Jared also took the opportunity to say some final words and thank everyone involved in the FUDCon.
We only hosted 3 FUDCons in LATAM, therefore those experiences need to be shared because they are useful for next organizers, probably some of them were at the audience in the hackfest. I am sure that the experiences we shared that day will be useful for many Fedora contributors, but that was not the best thing. The best thing was the sentiment and the environment in that session. I didn’t plan it, but Alejandro and Sebá presented each other with a T-shirt of the FUDCons their organized. Alejandro received from Sebá a T-shirt of FUDCon Santiago and Sebá received from Alejandro a T-shirt of FUDCon Panama.
It might be subtle and only a symbolic gesture, but the important thing here is that this is exactly the kind of democratic, healthy, and friendly environment I would like to see and foster in the whole Fedora community around the world. Cheers!