One key momentum that we thought about was "what are the motivations that brings people to LinuxTag?". What does the common visitor expect when attending the show? We isolated three main points on this:
A lot of people attend LinuxTag to see all those guys from the FOSS world that they see frequently at events like this. To get in touch, to work together in person is an important aspect of LinuxTag. Each year, we have requests for rooms from development teams where they can gather to discuss topics they can't properly address by e-mail. It is not uncommon that these people meet up for the first time in real life on LinuxTag.
On the other side, many people come to the show to improve their business network. I do not exaggerate by arguing that LinuxTag is the European Open Source business event. If you want to do business in the FOSS field, you have to be there.
We know from our yearly surveys that many people come to LinuxTag to hear conference talks. There was a time we underestimated the marketing value of the conference, but this was plain wrong: the conference is the main attraction of LinuxTag. All other parts are there only to support the conference, plain and simple. We want to provide world class know-how presented by world class speakers each and every year. This is the key point of the whole LinuxTag endeavour.
LinuxTag is part of the FOSS community. The geekdom is becoming more and more sexy and more and more people want to be part of it. LinuxTag brings this unique feeling that no other conference has. Try to get that fine sense of completeness, of technology insight paired with the deep friendlyness of the Open Source principle on your common IBM marketing sell-me-your-stuff event. And there is more: be part of it! Nowhere else it is so easy to talk to the FOSS people and contributing to the pool of ideas, concepts and - finally - software. Be there and be part of it!
And, if you're out on your business, there is no place like LinuxTag to find excellent staff for your technology venture because these people are attracted by the unique lifestyle LinuxTag has to offer. If you really want to find the knowers, be at LinuxTag.
So we have these three key spots of motivation that drives LinuxTag. We now have to package them into a concise marketing message, transform it to a nice presentation and there we go..