[Evangelism] World Plone Day 2008

Karl Horak KEHORAK at sandia.gov
Sun Nov 16 00:01:35 UTC 2008

How's this for a start?  Feel free to edit heavily and/or translate.  Those
with good contacts in the media, kindly distribute this or other information
before WPD becomes last week's news.  Thanks.

News flash!

With 66% of the event sites reporting in, the first 
http://plone.org/events/wpd  World Plone Day  can claim success.  Friday 7
November was  http://plone.org/events/wpd  World Plone Day , a coordinated
worldwide series of meetups, seminars, and workshops.  Events were scheduled
from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Hanoi, Viet Nam with a healthy
representation in North America and Europe.  Truly an international day of
Plone, 30 countries on five continents were involved.  

http://plone.org/about/plone/  Plone  is a ready-to-run, open source content
management system that is built on the powerful and free Zope application
server. Plone is easy to set up, extremely flexible, and provides you with a
system for managing web content that is ideal for project groups,
communities, web sites, extranets and intranets.  

Forty of the 61 registered venues have reported in, showing a total of 982
participants who listened to 107 presenters.  Extrapolating to those sites
that have yet to record their guest count, perhaps 1500 participants world
wide were engaged in learning about Plone.  Over 40 companies sponsored
events throughout the globe, which were sanctioned by the not-for-profit 
http://plone.org/foundation Plone Foundation , the legal owner of the Plone
codebase, trademarks, and domain names. 

Activities ranged from small, informal gatherings with ad hoc presentations
to large, formal sessions with a half dozen presentations, refreshments, and
door prizes.  Brasilia, Brazil had the largest event with 128 attendees. 
Events were tied together in more than enthusiasm for Plone--live blogging,
Twitter, and streaming video were all used to interconnect participants.  

World Plone Day is anticipated to become an annual event to advocate the
benefits of using Plone in  http://plone.org/support/for/edu/ education , 
http://www.plonegov.org/ government , 
http://plone.org/support/for/nonprofits/ non-profit/non-governmental
organizations , and  http://plone.org/support/for/enterprise/ business . 
For more information, contact  http://plone.org/support/forums the Plone
support lists .  

Gerry Kirk-3 wrote:
> Definitely should be done, no later than this Friday.

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