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[vox] [fwd] There is going to be a chance to showcase FLOSS to the Canadian Government SOON!

LUGOD had received info about this to our PO Box which I wanted to forward.
It's a bit far, and a bit expensive for us to take place in.
(Let's stick to GTC in Sac in springtime :^) )

However, someone was kind enough to type up all the info and post it to
the Open Source: NOW! mailing list, so I've forwarded it here in case anyone
had any comments, or might find it useful...



----- Forwarded message from charles.macdonald@hrdc-drhc.gc.ca -----

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 16:18:14 -0400
From: <charles.macdonald@hrdc-drhc.gc.ca>
Subject: [OS:N:] There is going to be a chance to showcase FLOSS to the Canadian Government SOON!

I have just received this about a Open source lab that is being run in
connection with the annual technology exhibition that is aimed at the
Canadian Government.  Unfortunately the timelines are short.  If you
know anyone who would have some government related technology to show
off to the movers and shakers of The IT planning in the Canadian
Government, please let the planners know about it right away.  

Sorry if the cross posting results in extra copies of this.. 8)


To get the latest information on GTEC WEEK, Canada's Information Technology
Event for Government
Visit www.gtecweek.ca 

           How to Participate in the 
        "OPEN SOURCE LAB" at GTEC Week
               7-8 October 2003
            Ottawa Congress Centre


Exhibition Booth Options: Noon, Thursday, 25 September 2003 
Personnel and Brochure Display Options: End-of-Day, Friday, 3 October 2003
(Full details below.)


Leslie Johnston, GTEC 2003 Open Source Lab Coordinator
613-731-9851 ext 13

Debbie Beimers, GTEC 2003 Programme Coordinator
613-731-9851 ext 12

Joseph Potvin, GTEC 2003 Open Source Lab Programme Advisor


GTEC WEEK is Canada's largest annual gathering of public sector technology
professionals.  The 2003 event features an "Open Source Lab" on the exhibition
floor, focused on open source solutions and services available to government,
or produced and offered by government.

Participation in the Open Source Lab is open to any organization offering
services or solutions based on www.opensource.org or www.gnu.org certified
open source or free software licenses. The primary focus of the Lab will be
to create an interactive environment where GTEC visitors can test drive
software and hardware based on free/libre open source technologies, speak
to experts about both business and technical issues, and discuss the
opportunities that come with including the open source business model in
public and private sector operations. The scope can include training, market
research, or legal services for open source projects.  Additional suggestions
are welcome.

For each hands-on demo, an effort is being made to pair open source supplier
representatives with current or prospective government business users, so
that visitors can discuss both technical and business interests. Please
contact Joseph Potvin <joseph.potvin@pwgsc.gc.ca> regarding Government of
Canada participation.

The Open Source Lab has excellent exposure, located in a 30 ft X 30 ft
section, right at the centre of the exhibition floor in the Ottawa Congress
Centre (3rd level). The GTEC audience profile is summarized at the following
URL: http://www.gtecweek.com/english/exhibitor_information/gtec.pdf


The overall theme of the 2003 GTEC Open Source Lab is "Diversity". Though we
take a "big tent" approach, space is limited.  Therefore participants are
encouraged to focus upon how the open source business model enables:
- different organizational forms for software production;
- linguistic diversity;
- accessibility for people of varying physical capabilities;
- platform independence;
- co-existence with incumbent solutions;
- inter-operability through open, vendor-neutral standards;
- competitive business practices.
Related "sub-themes" can be proposed.


Like the open source professional communities it highlights, the 2003 GTEC
Open Source Lab is designed to include organizations of all types, including
global corporations, small and medium enterprise, non-profit communities, and
individual volunteers.  The Lab will "break even" financially, so that
proceeds from fees will be put towards covering shared costs of the
Open Source Lab, including expenses for participating non-revenue-based
communities, and direct support from GTEC itself.

(a) Booth Space: $2980

Eight booths are available for rent by one or two organizations each. Space
sharing agreements for joint rental of a single booth must be arranged by
the tenants. Each equipped exhibition booth costs $2980 plus 7% GST.  For
more information, please contact Leslie Johnston <lesliej@coltermangroup.com>
613-731-9851 ext 13. Additional information is at the following URL:
A 100-word description of the booth exhibit for publicatin in the GTEC
exhibition guide should be provided by end-of-day Friday 26 September to
Debbie Beimers <debbie@coltermangroup.com> 613-731-9851 ext 12.

(b) Brochure Pockets for Rent: $100

Any organization or individual offering services related to www.opensource.org
or www.gnu.org certified open source software or free software licenses can
rent one or more brochure pockets for 8.5 X 11 inch brochures or leaflets,
in several stands that will be prominently displayed in the Lab area. Each
brochure pocket for the two days of the exhibition costs $100 plus 7% GST.
Personnel staffing the Open Source Lab will direct visitors to the brochures,
identifying individual solutions for them, and re-filling the pockets as
required.  Each brochure "tenant" is responsible to provide Lab staff with
an adequate supply of brochures. (Brochures may contain policy commentary
combined with info on solutions and services, but "political pamphleteering",
per se, is not appropriate at this venue.) Brochures may include any media.
NOTE: To guarantee delivery of your brochures directly to the Open Source Lab,
GTEC has an agreement with "GES Logistics". Details will be provided with
your registration. Packages should arrive by Sunday 6 October, addressed to:
"GTEC Week - Booth 1610 'Open Source Lab', Ottawa Congress Centre, Third Level
(Congress Hall), Ottawa, Canada". 

(c) Face-to-Face Personnel: $100

Any organization or individual that has rented a brochure pocket can also
place a marketing person within the Lab area to promote their solutions to
visitors.  A maximum of 15 individuals can be accommodated in this manner,
and these places are available on a first-come/first-served basis. Placing
a person within the Lab for the two days of the exhibition costs an additional
$100 plus 7% GST.  This arrangement does not include a booth, however stools
will be available to relieve tired legs.


Reservations for booths should be made BEFORE NOON, THURSDAY,
25 SEPTEMBER 2003.  

Reservations for brochure stands or face-to-face personnel should be made

Leslie Johnston 
TL 613-731-9851 ext 13 
FX 613-731-6480  

Payment must be made in advance, preferably via credit card. Late reservations
cannot be guaranteed. Placement of booths and location on brochure stands is
on a first-come/first-served basis. A shared arrangement for a booth must be
paid as a single reservation, managed by one of the partners.  Special
requirements, such as web access to a booth, must be made at by end-of-day,
Friday 3 October, and may involve additional costs.

----- End forwarded message -----

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