Firstly, I apologize for the high volume of messages / activities around upcoming events, and any ambiguity that it may have caused.
This email contains some important information on upcoming OpenMRS events!
Last year, OpenMRS decided to investigate a model where we have multiple implementer driven meetings, as well as one regularly scheduled world summit to be held in Singapore in December each year. However, this year we’ve had multiple logistics issues with the venue and timing of the summit.
However, the Ugandan community is already working on putting together an event for September this year.
Over the past several weeks, we offered multiple opportunities for the community to provide feedback on these events. The general consensus from the community was that there is merit in the previous model which introduced implementers meetings and the world summit.
However, respondents also pointed out that:
- Most implementers/orgs lack funding to attend two events each year
- Many people feel that meeting at an implementer country is more fruitful
- Since there’s just four months between Sept and Dec, meeting twice during this time may not be fruitful
And so, we’re poised to cancel this year’s summit and, instead, expand Uganda 2016 to cover some of the expectations placed on the summit. So basically, there will be no event in Singapore this year. Uganda 2016 will happen, but will be even bigger.
Currently, Uganda 2016 consists of four days of conference sessions running between the 6th to 9th Sept., followed by two days for a hackathon. The conference will include site visits, lightning talks etc.
Since we don’t want to extend the event to make it unbearably long, would the community be in favor of extending the event by just one day (5th Mon) and allowing the opportunity for multiple unconference slots/sessions between Mon - Friday?
Also, what are your opinions on tutorials? do we want to spend the 5th doing tutorials? is there adequate appetite for tutorials or demonstrations/presentation to be organized?
Please let us know what you think!