[kwlug-disc] KWLUG, Voip, and beyond?

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Fri Feb 11 14:11:30 EST 2011


Personally (and yes, I'm volunteering to help with this if the lug is 
going to back it, i.e. as 'put on by kwlug') I'd like to see a free 
event, but with substantial involvement from vendors, i.e. local 
linux/voip consultants, maybe some hardware vendors etc, with some small 
tables set up that people can walk buy and get whatever they need.  If 
it's home stuff, then consumers can walk away with the hardware they 
need and signed up with aprovider, if it's a small business then the 
voip consultants are right there to start a contract.

I'd love to see a bunch of homeowners and small business vendors finally 
get this.  And it'd be great if it was free for a bunch of vendors to 
come in and offer their wares.

But perhaps we need to discuss if the lug is going to be behind it?  And 
if so, who's going to lead?

g.


On 11/02/11 01:50 PM, unsolicited at swiz.ca wrote:
> I sent a quick query as to venue costs: $50/hr, plus $20/hr custodial (if
> evening/weekend). PLUS INSURANCE - to which I have no knowledge and can't
> even guess.
>
> - No doubt it will be more, but that is ballpark. e.g. A body to put out /
> monitor screens, projectors, audio. Wouldn't be much more. We put out
> already present tables/chairs, etc.
>
> Would be much less if audience is restricted to home / community, free
> entry, etc. i.e. A save money, non-profit, event, a la, kwlug.
>
> And it's likely something in between could be negotiated, if more details
> were known. e.g. Sponsorship might not put us into the 'commercial'
> category (e.g. Kiwi helping out with sample equipment), or someone donated
> coffee / cups.
>
> If nothing else, these details provide a benchmark against which to
> evaluate other possibilities.
>
> On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:21:03 -0500, Kiwi Ssennyonjo<kiwi at ssenn.com>
> wrote:
>    
>> Two things
>>
>> I am will to sponsor upto 200 towered a venue
>>
>> I can also bring in some appliances to show case what is out there for
>> the Small to medium size business
>>
>> Kiwi
>>
>> On 2011-02-11, at 12:13,<unsolicited at swiz.ca>  wrote:
>>
>>      
>>> On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:53:27 -0500, Paul Nijjar<paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca>
>>> wrote:
>>>        
>>>> On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:40:56AM -0500, Insurance Squared Inc.
>>>>          
> wrote:
>    
>>>>> I would be pleased to help - but I'd like to clarify; my thoughts are
>>>>>            
>>> to
>>>        
>>>>> take this public and drive it out to the community. I'd like to see
>>>>> 50-100 small businesses attend.
>>>>>            
>>>> My feeling is that we should make this as big as we can support, and
>>>> potentially run sessions several times (which might develop into the
>>>> KW-VoIP group that was suggested).
>>>>
>>>> St John's Kitchen (SJK) can seat 100+ people. No other space at The
>>>> Working Centre can do this. If you want something bigger then you are
>>>> right: we would have to find a bigger space and potentially get
>>>> together the funds to pay for it.
>>>>          
>>> As I have said, I can probably get that bigger space. However - it is a
>>> gym. That could be good, or bad, probably depending upon the target
>>> audience.
>>>
>>> If the target audience is truly community based (home users, save
>>>        
> money)
>    
>>> it would probably be free.
>>>
>>> If the target audience is business based, there would be a fee, I'm
>>> guessing<  $200 - I could inquire.
>>>
>>> If there is vendor sponsorship, I expect costs would be easily covered.
>>>
>>> No doubt a university spot (auditorium) could be booked if a more
>>> professional / business based venue is desired.
>>>
>>> Not to take away from SJK, merely to say more than one venue is
>>> available,
>>> and perhaps to spread the load.
>>>
>>> Have we stepped here to a size of involving other local (small
>>>        
> business?)
>    
>>> groups? kwlug, Working Centre, others?
>>>
>>> VoIP not just as cost savings, but business driver?
>>>        
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