On Thursday and Friday, Feb 14/15, I attended the TWiki Community Summit in Sunnyvale, CA. The location and and wireless internet access for the meeting were provided by Yahoo!. The Summit meetings were followed, on Friday night, by an open TWiki User Meetup.
14 people attended at least part of the Sunnyvale Summit, either in person or via conference call and IRC. It was clearly noted that the purpose of the Summit is to brainstorm ideas and strategy, not to make any "final" decisions.
The agenda of the two-day Sunnyvale Summit covered:
TWiki Business Model, Governance, and the Decision Making Process. Who are the "teams"" inside the TWiki Community? (The "core" team needs to be renamed and re-evaluated.)
TWiki Strategy Question: "in 30 seconds - where do you want TWiki to move the next two years?"
Scalability and Performance - brainstorming ideas for supporting larger sites and faster searches
Recruiting and Retention of Community Members - users, code developers, plugin developers, consultants, and others
Roadmap and Release focus of Georgetown Release (aka TWiki 5.0)
Marketing (Generating Buzz) : How can we get more exposure in the press and blogosphere?
Minutes of the meeting are online at Codev.TWikiCommunitySummit2008Q1.
From my point of view, the Summit provided a valuable opportunity to meet more members of the TWiki community — face to face or voice to voice — and to discuss strategy and direction for the TWIki project. There was a lot of discussion, a small amount of shouting, and many ideas tossed back and forth. I took pages of notes for later contemplation. I'm feeling a bit like the student in Gary Larsen's Far Side cartoon (My brain is full!), but I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to attend and to add my thoughts to the mix.