Bug: never been to DebConf. Fix: DebConf newbies.
Last year we have funded the DebConf newbies initiative to encourage Debian contributors who have never attended DebConf, to actually do so. There are plenty of reasons for doing that; as I wrote back then:
My personal belief is that attending DebConf
increases the enthusiasm of attendees and ultimately will
make them better Debian citizens. It surely
happened to me years ago: in the beginning of my Debian membership
(as DD, since DMs did not exist back then) I just cared about my
pet packages. It was only after meeting the Debian crowd in person
at a FOSS event (LinuxTag 2004, IIRC) that I got really
enthusiastic about Debian, gradually increasing my involvement in
the project. I've never regretted it.
Deadline for applying (via
firstname.lastname@example.org) is June 18th,
although you should better register before May 19th to the
conference proper to get sponsored accomodation.
Update: fix deadline date