On Oct 4, 2015 8:10 PM, "James Forrester"
We propose that a sequence of "Western,
Northern, and Southern Europe",
"Canada and United States", and one of the others every three years, picked
out several years into the future.
I am not convinced this is a good idea, given this definition of regions.
Eastern Europe should definitely be considered along with western, southern,
... It is pretty cheap to travel there from elsewhere in europe, probably
venue + accommodations are cheaper, and most important we have significant
communities there with track record of organising regional conferences.
I would also be tempted to include north Africa and middle east with europe.
(after all, the next European hackathon is being held in Israel)
I think that the mistake comes from the UN macroregion system, which
is unfortunately still affected by Cold War considerations for what it
may concern the "Eastern Europe" macroregion.
Moving from James' idea of a three-years rotation between regions, and
taking into account Katie's idea, we may define three rotating areas:
* First year: Europe + Middle East + North Africa
* Second year: Americas + Oceania
* Third year: rest of Asia + Sub-Saharan Africa
This will give Global North a slight statistical advantage over Global
South (all of Europe is included in GN) the first year, a 50/50 chance
the second year, while on the third year it will be Global South to
have a slight statistical advantage over Global North.
Luca "Sannita" Martinelli