[linux-elitists] Conference planning
ilan at fonz.net
Tue Apr 28 09:29:27 PDT 2009
On 4/27/09 10:32 AM, Don Marti wrote:
> Just thinking some more about what makes community
> conferences better than corporate conferences.
Interesting ideas Don. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the
OpenSourceWorld BOF at SCALE this past February (running a conference
seems to keep you busy, who would have thought?), but I would be very
interested in discussing and investigating the differences between the
two types of events further.
> One more difference: the speaker lounge. At LWCE,
> there's in effect this little secret elite conference
> just for speakers. At SCALE, you see speakers out
> in conversation in the lobby/bar area. Looks like
> a major attendee bonus. I'm inclined to ask IDG
> management to scratch the speaker lounge, and just
> have a speaker office and decent numbers of tables
> and chairs set up open to everyone.
At SCALE we've actually been discussing adding a speaker green room to
help speakers prepare for their sessions, test their gear with the A/V
equipment, etc. While we offer conference laptops, which are supported
and tested with the A/V equipment, most speakers opt to use their own
laptops. In many cases they then run into video problems with the
projectors. The goal in our case would not however be a lounge where
they would spend the entire day, but rather a green room they could go
to and remedy any potential hick-ups with equipment.
Is it possible that some of the distance between the speakers and
attendees comes from the types of speakers/attendees at the conference?
In the case of SCALE, the vast majority of speakers are active
community members, where as historically I recall LWCE had more
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