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couchsurfing across the world
couchsurfing across the world

Just one small beer too many and crazy ideas start to sound sensible. I'm sure you've all been there and had an idea in a drunken moment that in the light of the day perhaps isn't such a "no-brainer" after all.

That's exactly what happened during JoomlaDay Chile.

During Javier's presentation on OSM and the power of Open Source software he talked about his experience couch surfing and I suggested to Ryan Ozimek that we could probably travel the world, couch surfing and visiting Joomla communities as we travelled.

Ryan, being the big vision thinker that he is, not only embraced the idea but started to think about the possibilities and practical issues.

We both stood, on the 31st floor of the Telefonica building in the center of Santiago, starring at the lights across the city. You could almost hear the cogs turning in Ryan's head. (I'd love to say the same but I'm a slightly slower thinker).

So this is what we came up with.

The Brian/Ryan Challenge

A race to visit as many JoomlaDay or Joomla User Groups (JUGS) in a set time period, perhaps as long as 30 days, promoting Joomla in as many places as possible.

We even got as far as setting a few rules and objectives

  • banning visits in our own country (much easier for me as I live in a smaller country although I don't think Ryan realised that at the time - the power of good Chilean red wine and beer).
  • A web site where you would track our progress and report from all the places we visited.
  • Raising money for a charity at each meeting
  • A points chart based on miles travelled, groups visited and people spoken to

Will it happen?

I'm not sure but it certainly pushes my buttons and sounds like something fun and rewarding to do, perhaps this summer. It will take a lot of time and planning but I'd like to think that all the benefits we thought of when we were drunk are still true now that we have sobered up a little.

What do you think?

Would you be willing to offer a couch for either of us to sleep on?

Would you be willing to organise a local Joomla event to tie in with our schedule?

J o o m l a !

Brian Teeman

Brian Teeman

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As a co-founder of Joomla! and OpenSourceMatters Inc I've never been known to be lacking an opinion or being too afraid to express it.

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