Your project is going well. But you're not satisfied with how many people use it or have even heard of it. What can you do?
Getting the word out about your project isn't hard, but it's important to know the right steps to take. This workshop will look at many different aspects of project promotion, from writing news and release announcements to working with the press to get your project's message out. It will also cover topics like website content, cultivating members of the press, concisely describing your project in all of your communications, and more.
The interactive format will allow time for questions and discussion. In addition, there will be an exercise to write a release announcement, press release, or other project communication. Examples will be shown of successful promotional campaigns by open source projects.
Jake Edge is an editor for LWN.net, an online news weekly covering Linux and free software development. He has been doing that full time since 2007. Before that he did 20+ years of software development, much of that on Linux. He is based in the US, in western Colorado, at least when he isn't flying all over the place to attend conferences.
Markus Feilner is a German Linux journalist, consultant, author, and open source trainer based in the Munich area. Since 2007 he has been the deputy editor-in-chief of Linux-Magazin. He started working with Linux in 1995 during his university studies in geography.