The best ideas often start with "Hey ya'll, watch this!!" or "Oh boy, this is probably a bad idea". I hope this is one of them. One of the good ones. In this case I literally invite you to "watch this!".
On April 9, 2013 starting at 1300 GMT, you are invited to join myself and a cadre of many others in our awesome community as we take a virtual trip around the globe, stopping along the way to visit those in our community that make Liferay a great destination for open source technology. This worldwide trip will last for 24 continuous hours, and will make stops in every single continent on the planet save for Antarctica (though there have been downloads of Liferay from The Ice!).
It's the people behind the term "Liferay Community" that make it great! But we are all stuck behind keyboards and monitors and are geographically separated for most of the time. So, for this day I hope we can come together to meet interesting people in our community, and learn more about their culture, passions, personalities, and Liferay work that goes on behind the anonymous forum posts and blogs. We'll see screen shares of interesting new ideas, technical and non-technical interviews with prominent community members, Q&A from participants, artistic performances, and much more!
We will be using Google+ Hangouts On Air, with full audio and video, and with a lot of different and exciting guests throughout the day. We'll post a full schedule of guests and the times on which they will be on soon (I'm still trying to lure a few more
victimsguests, and then I'll update this blog post with a pointer), but you can expect community members from your neighboring timezones to be on during typical working hours for you. Anyone with a device and browser will be able to watch the webcast and interact with the group using various methods.
We'll also have a few surprise guests, and will be randomly giving away prizes to participants, so be sure to set aside some time during the webcast to join in! It should be a lot of fun. Plus, you get to see what 24 continuous hours of webcasting does to people. All in the name of community
Don't worry, if you cannot join in the fun on April 9, the entire 24 hours will be recorded. We'll also create a highlight reel to summarize any extra special magic moments that may occur. And thanks in advance to all of the brave guests who will join us on our epic journey. Hope to see you all online April 9-10!