Juli 14th, 2016 von buergermeister
Every year again, could be said if the budget.next not would enforce the Ambasadors to meet in summer instead of the end of the calendar year to come together and working on the budget plan for the next year. So after Singapore in December the APAC ambassadors came in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia again together. For me is the way to KL just one hour longer as to Singapore, but there is one hour time difference, so I arrived again very late.
The first day was mostly for discussions how to cut the budget of this year so that it fits to the huge budget cut. Having 11.5k US$ budget for the whole year and paying the regional FAD out of it, means for the APAC region after the FAD and paying the media the budget is gone. The next bigger agreement was how to continue with FUDCon in APAC, if it is a good idea to switch to FUDCon APAC with an bi-annually cycle.
It looks we will switch to such one, as we have to to save some money as still a lot of Asians want to travel to Flock. But the FUDCon is still needed in the region for grow our amount of contributors there and connect the region better together. For 2017 are no bids so far, maybe there coming some up. But starting with 2018 we might have FUDCon only each second year.
After reviewing the current budget and some discussions about the problems of the region, day 1 of the FAD ended and it followed a journey with trains to Izhars house where his mother had prepared a dinner for us, because there was Hari Raya Aidilfitri, so we could enjoy some local specialities. Was good for me, I love beef redang anyway and the malaysian version is also good.
The second day was filled with discussions for the budget for next year. There is not much room after the cut, so most of the events dont get budget anymore, just two main events get a larger part, the rest floats into release parties, a few smaller events and the swag production.
Unfortunately we had for the second day only until the late afternoon as some was already flying home then. I did fly back next morning to arrive right in time in the office, just that the flight was delayed and I came a little bit later as planned.
As a conclusion, we still have extreme problems in this region. The Ambassadors think not as Fedorians of the region as just on their own needs first. There is still a huge gap between, what is done and what is reported. Not to speak about missing invoices and carelessness with the reimbursements.