The CentOS Dojos are a one day (or, occasionally, 2 day) event that bring together people from the CentOS communities to talk about systems administration, best practices, and emerging technologies.
The emphasis is to find local speakers and tutors to come together and talk about things that they care about most, and to share stories from their experiences working with CentOS in various scenarios.
The desired outcome of a Dojo is to welcome and expand the local CentOS community, and, whenever possible, to capture the content (video, audio, photographs, blog posts) for those that cannot make it to the event in person.
NOTE: For upcoming Dojos, refer to the Events.
Dojo format varies greatly depending on the venue, the audience, and the available time.
Typically, however, the day will start with a keynote featuring either a CentOS core developer, a speaker from a local business, or the hosting organization. This will be followed by technical sessions, case studies, or reports from members of the CentOS SIGs (Special Interest Groups).
An important aspect of Dojos is available space for the "hallway track" - unstructured conversations about any topic around CentOS, its community, or projects running on CentOS.
So far, all Dojos have been free to attend. This requires that someone help pay for things.
If you'd like to support a CentOS Dojo, there's lots of ways that you can do that via sponsorship. Things that we need sponsorship for:
- Cost of TShirts and handouts
- Evening event with drinks/snacks for attendees
- General costs ( eg. A/V equipment onsite, promo and content hand outs ) etc
Please get in touch with us at the Donate address if you are able to help with sponsorship.
Organizing a Dojo can be as simple, or as involved, as you like. The description above is an idea, but feel free to customize to meet the needs of your local community. While most Dojos are single-day events, they can span multiple days if you have the community and the content to support this. Remember that Dojos are primarily about building community, so be sure to provide a space and time for post-dojo events, such as dinner, a gathering at a local pub, or some other social event.
For a great example of a typical Dojo schedule, see the Brussels/FOSDEM event from 2018.
If you need any assistance in promoting your event, finding sponsors, contacting potential speakers, finding a venue, or anything else, please ask on the centos-promo mailing list. We can also usually provide physical goods such as stickers for your event.
If you are interested in planning, hosting, or sponsoring a Dojo, or would just like to see one in your home town, please contact us on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list with your proposal.
Also, we're working on some general tips for organizing dojos
The Promo SIG is available to help you put on a local dojo. This can involve finding speakers, promotion, and (very limited) budget assistance. However, there are certain requirements:
- You must have local folks to do at least half of the work
- You must promote the event to local meetup groups, organizations, universities, etc
- You must commit to a writeup from a local attendee after the event
Additionally, it is strongly recommended that you find someone in your local community with a video camera to capture the sessions, so that people who could not attend can still benefit from it.