The KDE Network
What is the KDE Network?
The KDE Network is a group of KDE representatives in their respective cities/countries. They promote KDE and it’s work in their local community. Additionally, they are responsible for helping to grow the community, and to act as a liaison between their local community and KDE. Members of the KDE Network Group are Community Members who have agreed to help promote KDE. They use their knowledge of KDE and their public speaking skills or social networking skills or people skills to help promote KDE.
Derived from our Promo goals. We want to increase our community and outreach in more countries, including: Brand awareness about KDE.
- Increase and engage new contributors.
- Increase the number of end-users.
What do we do?
- Participate at local events on behalf of KDE.
- Promote KDE, FLOSS, open source projects and cross-community interaction.
- Demonstrate KDE’s products.
- Community outreach and act as a liaison for contributors interested to become part of KDE.
- Promote KDE at local user groups and universities with talks, presentations etc.
- Recruit new contributors.
- Onboarding, mentoring and fostering new users and contributors.
- Report on the activities related to FLOSS in their region.
Where are we located?
The KDE Network will take place around the world.
The KDE Network Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee supports the KDE Network group. It is a group of people. Their mission is to provide the governance and support structure necessary to assist and enable the KDE Network group members worldwide. They oversee the groups, check the accountability and support them in all possible ways.
Their duties and functions are:
- Organize the general structure of the program.
- Distribute resources globally.
- Support in global initiatives.
- Coordinate membership management.
- Promotes cohesion between the KDE Network group members and Board of Directors.
- Select/nominate the KDE Network members.
- Identify active and inactive members.
- Resolve any disputes.
Currently, the members of the Advisory Committee are Paul Brown, Carl Schwan, Ivana Isadora, Niccolo Venerandi, Kenny Coyle, Julian Steinmann, Kai Uwe, Bhavisha Dhruve and Tomaz Canabrava.
How to join the KDE Network?
A proper form/interview can be made to hire members of the working group as they should be fully committed towards the program. The Advisory Committee will decide the hiring of members based on the following criteria:
- Each KDE Network group will have 5-10 members.
- Members are ready to commit for the next 6 months to one year.
- They can dedicate 2-3 hours per week.
- Members should be friendly and approachable.
- They can guide new members to where they can contribute.
- They should be eager and happy to work with KDE i.e. time commitment.
- They understand the culture, the needs, and the best ways to communicate about KDE in their region.
- What attracted them to become a member?
- How are they currently contributing to KDE?
- How many events/talks they have attended related to KDE or FLOSS?
- What would they like to do as a member?
- They have at least one year of experience in the KDE community or as a contributor.
- They have experience in organizing and coordinating events.
A separate page on KDE’s website will be dedicated to the KDE Network with up-to-date contact information. A list of all the members is available on the phabricator so that people can get in touch with them easily. Monthly meetings/meetups/webinars are conducted to discuss the future of the group. Meeting minutes of the event are shared on the phabricator and are available to the public.
- Members will be rewarded with certificates, pins/badges, t-shirts, mugs, training, sponsorships, etc.
- There is no limit for the number of volunteers who can join the KDE Network local group to support KDE in that particular region.
- A calendar will be maintained with all of the future upcoming events where KDE can participate.
- The KDE Network will decide to participate in any relevant local event and will request Advisory Committee for approval.
- Marketing material will be provided by KDE, including presentations. It will be printed by the groups themselves.
- A list of items required for any event will be made to understand the basic requirements (including reuse of previous material).
- Financial support for the events will be maintained through reimbursement. A fixed amount will be set or it will be reimbursed on the actuals.
- If any member wants to be removed from the position, they should contact the Advisory Committee, as hiring and firing will be their responsibility.
- Members will not be allowed to publish any bank details or funding requests on KDE. They are not authorized to collect funds on behalf of KDE.