Community mail sent out to all local organizers on April 13, 2015.
###Hello dear local organizers and OSCEdays network!
We are very proud to inform you that our OSCEdays forum is up and ready!
This forum is our platform where all our communication and collaboration can happen - before, during and after the OSCEdays. Here you can post challenges, ask for help or advice, and also organize your event in a very transparent and open way.
##1 Start Posting Challenges as early as Possible
We encourage you to post some of your challenges as early as possible and start using the forum. The earlier that we have content in the network, the more people will be inspired and understand what our OSCEdays are all about, and how to get involved. Alliances and networks can be built long before the OSCEdays, in order achieve their potential during the event and form ongoing relationships into the future.
Posting early will also mean that you are more familiar with the forum and how it works, so you can get the most out of it during the event.
We’ve written a guide for "How To Post A Challenge“ and also posted some early examples for challenges in the forum for inspiration. If you’re unsure of the best framing and approach for your challenge, just post a basic overview and we can help you develop it in the forum.
##2 Organize your Event transparently - using the Forum
The OSCEdays are an event about open source, so we have an open source style of event organization as well! Using the community forum can help you to shift a lot of your conversation out of your email-accounts, reduce organisational workloads, keep everyone informed, and provide people with opportunities to help you.
You could start with a simple READ ME and organize everything from there. To get an idea, see how our team from Berlin has approached it.
To help you collaborate and keep useful information at hand, we also have an ownCloud service for sharing and synchronizing files, documents, calendars and contacts - we will be rolling this out over the coming weeks - but if you’d like to start using it immediately, just contact Sam on the forum for a login.
Ok, thank you very much for joining us on this journey, we’re looking forward to seeing you soon in our forums.
All the best,
Lars & the OSCEdays Core Team Sharon, Erica, Nadia, Sam & Tim