This post would be good to start with Linus Torvalds' quote: "It is the journey that matters the most not the end result."
Try to organize some event (in this case Open system days/Croatian Linux Users Convention) and you will realize what I am talking about. That journey is not easy especially if everyone from the team is working on this in their free time. So, this is additional task to do which seeks major amount of time and energy. The only thing that kept us going was motivation that everything has to be in best possible order.
It was not always easy during that journey, sometimes we had struggle, sometimes everything went smoothly, sometimes you loose motivation but then other team members encourage you. I can say (despite this being my second year of organizing such an event with my friends), that anything is possible if you have good colleagues near you who care a lot about this event and not just this event but Free and Open Source world and they live in that spirit. If you have friends with that kind of an indomitable will then you have real team and real friends.
During an organization we exchanged over 1000 mails. For some this would be too much or really big number. But it actually is not. You see, everything has to be in best possible order, and every detail has to be settled, there has to be a lot of reminders because people have their own life and a lot of obligations, and just forget that something has to be done. It is nothing bad. This just proves you how it is not easy to have your daily life and volunteer on several projects including this one which is an event organization. Only, as mentioned above, indomitable will can push this forward.
It was not easy, we were worried till the last moment how will everything end but it ended sucessfully. We were all more relaxed after the first day of the convention. For those of you who don't know, on first day of the convention we have had President of Croatia as a special guest. You have no idea what pressure that was. I slept cca 3 and a half hours before the first day of the convention, just mentioning to prove the pressure part.
When we arrived to the hotel where convention was held everything went pretty well. First of we had to wait for Croatia's president in front of the hotel, after that we had little coffe talk with him, and then convention started... Openings, President's intro keynote, Open Informatics award ....
After president left we were all relieved that "President part" went well and that no issues occured. It was easier to breathe :)
Then started keynotes of our dear guests Karel De Vriendt, Karsten Gerloff and Matija Šuklje. ... I really learned a lot from them. I realized how my knowledge about Free software foundation, open standards and public procurement is superficial.
They were not the only ones there as special guests. We also had dear guests from San Francisco who presented GitHub, Alex Malinovich and Vlado Herman. And of course our special good friend (he is now like one of us ;) Marian Marinov from Bulgaria.
Of course there were a lot of Croatian keynote speakers as well who gave their special note to the convention's schedule plate.
I must say that in my eyes this schedule was really great. This year also everyone could find their theme field of interest and they could ask keynote speakers what ever they wanted considering that theme field.
Second day was more relaxed. As us organizers like to say, it is usually a geeky or more casual day :)
When convention (keynotes) part ends you can breathe :) I mean really breathe :) Third day is the most relaxing day because there are workshops only, less people, you have additional partner who takes care that people at workshops have all the equipment etc....etc...)
I really enjoyed all three days. Third day was icing on a cake..... Again I learned a lot and had fun with my new and my old friends :)
I know I am boring to my colleagues with lots of thank notes lately but......
I would like to thank again everyone from the organizing team, our volunteers, our keynote speakers (home and foregin), sponsors, media sponsors, everyone who contributed that this happening goes smooth as possible.
As my friends from Ubuntu community like to say: "No contribution is too small!"
So, BIG THANK YOU to everyone.
Events like DORS/CLUC are important because people can hear in live about FLOSS world from individual, business, tech and academic perspective. With events like this fear and reluctance to try something new could be diminished one day.