I’ve just had the pleasure of posting the following message to n.p.m.l10n:
The Mozilla Foundation is pleased to announce that there will be a localisers meeting at the Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting (FOSDEM) 2006 in Brussels, Belgium on the 25th and 26th of February.
All Mozilla Project localisers are warmly invited to attend.
The primary aim of this meeting is for localisers to meet one another and discuss matters of mutual interest and concern. On the second day of the conference (Sunday), the Mozilla developer room speaking track will have a particular focus on localisation. However, attendees will also be able to take advantage of the many other attractions FOSDEM has to offer. FOSDEM is a donation-supported event; there is no charge to register.
While all localisers are invited, the meeting has a European focus. The Foundation would like as many people to attend as possible, and so are offering to pay the primary transport costs of all localisation owners and peers in the following geographical regions:
- All the areas coloured green on this map excluding Belgium, Holland, France, Germany and Luxembourg
- Turkey, Israel and Syria
You should consider this a “thank you” from the Mozilla Foundation for all your hard work. If there is anyone who does not fit the criteria but believes they have a good case (such as financial hardship, being mistakenly left off the master list, or localising a project it does not cover) for being offered travel support, they should get in touch.
People who are eligible for travel support should start the process of obtaining visas, if necessary, and looking for flights or other transport. Please do not make travel reservations yet – you will need to book through the Foundation’s travel agency. We will send out more information soon about how to make travel arrangements.
The Foundation has a limited budget and wishes to make the meeting accessible to as many people as possible. Therefore, you are asked not to apply for travel support if you have alternative sources of funds to pay for your trip. Also note that if travel costs exceed our initial estimates we reserve the right to restrict the number of people whose travel we pay for; for example, we may sponsor only the owner for a particular localization, not peers. Of course, we hope this will not be necessary.
We regret we are unable to help with accommodation costs; however, Brussels should have accommodation to suit most budgets. Please make your own hotel reservations. :-)
Please email me if you have any queries.
 “Primary transport costs” usually means the cost of the plane fare. But if you find that an alternative mode of transport is significantly cheaper or more convenient, please get in touch.
 The choice of this area was made with the help of the Frappr localisers map. The Foundation may consider similar meetings in other areas of the world in the future.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and I’m very glad it’s now possible. I hope to see you all there! :-)