Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Hollman Enciso, a 25-year-old systems engineer, member of the BogotaMesh community, which works to build a free (as in "free speech") wireless community network in Bogotá (read more about the project on it's official web page) and I'm looking forward to getting your support to be able to attend the "2nd Regional Days of Free Networks" to be held March 19th and 20th in Uruguay.
The main goals of this event will be:
Agreement on a common license for the free networks in the region
Debating about the node installer to reach a common project. Nightwing being the first option
Debating about contents for the network
Setting up a date and place for the 3rd edition of the event.
Participate in the hackmeeting that will be taking place simultaneously
Invite to create a free network in Uruguay
Besides the main goals, there will be many talks by members of the different communities that will gather there which I'm very interested to attend in order to gain knowledge and bring something back to the table to our local project.
I had the chance to attend the first event that was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina (pictures) were I was able to promote our project ; but this time around I'd like to take a more active role as a participant; all this is would allow me to bring much more knowledge to our country. Unfortunately I don't have the funds to attend but if you help me, I will be able to :-D. I'm trying to gather some money in order to buy the flight tickets (I'll do some magic myself in order to handle food and lodging). If you believe it's an event I can take advantage of, please consider donating to my cause.
If you are outside of Colombia, you could still help me through your credit card by using this page but there is a $6/transactio fee . I've already used it twice (some of my personal information has to be provided so if you are going to do it, get in touch with me so I can provide it to you). It's easier to send any donations to my friend Fabian Rodriguez (Send to him via PayPal directly). Fabian is an active member of the free software community in Canada and has donated the first U$50 for this. He is going to then arrange to make a single payment to my Colombian bank account on 28/02/2011, which will save transaction fees - Xoom is ~6U$/transaction.
If you do support me I make a commitment to make a post in my blog with information on the event and progress / benefits to my project. I will list all donators names/logos/pics/links to your profiles in twitter/identi.ca/blogs/web sites or your donation can be anonymous; I know it's not much but at least it's something I can do for you. Make sure to mention if you want to remain anonymous.
I need to raise EXACTLY 1,500,000 COP (roughly 800 US$) before the tickets get more expensive as the date approaches.
If the amount of money raised doesn't match the requirement, I will not travel but I'll be donating it all to the BogotaMesh project.
If it does, any extra money will go through this trip's expenses and then as a donation to the project itself, for equipment and ongoing expenses.