#FOSDEM21 is coming to an end and it was awesome as always 🤘
we have an estimation of ~33.6k attendees for the conference and ~20k attendees for today...impressive...and now take this numbers and try to fill the ULB 😱
> #FOSDEM21 is coming to an end and it was awesome as always 🤘
> we have an estimation of ~33.6k attendees for the conference and ~20k attendees for today
Congrats on the great turnout! I definitely had a good time – thanks for everyone's hard work.
I'm confused, though: from the closing talk, I understood that attendance was _down_ a bit from last year, which I thought was ~8.5k https://matrix.org/blog/2021/01/04/taking-fosdem-online-via-matrix
Was attendance actually way up, or am I misunderstanding?
@rzr @ShinIce @matrix
Larger venues are not possible, sure we could rent large event halls, but the cost of that would be eye watering expensive... We try to keep FOSDEM free as in beer...
We are thinking to continue a hybrid event in the future, more interaction online together with the physical event from things we learned this year next to streams offered.
Also should be noted that part of the people attended because it was online, they couldn't otherwise afford the travel or get a visa.
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