Conferences – professional, or otherwise – are funny beasts.
Taking days away from the day job
+ paying hundreds (if not thousands) in entrance fees
+ sitting in a chair
+ watching PowerPoint slides.
I’m not crazy about any of those attributes by themselves – together, they make a frightening combination.
Within the past 5 years, I’ve “organized” two conferences (and many smaller events) – PodcampMN & FontConf.
In both cases; the venue was donated, entry fee was $0, they were 1 day affairs, sessions were determined led by participants, and the larger goal was to make the event I would attend.
With that in mind:
- At PodcampMN – beer was donated by Flat Earth Brewing.
- At FontConf – I picked up the tab for coffee from The Roastery (cause there’s good coffee)
All said and done – I think they turned out quite well
One of the promises of software, especially internet-based software, is that, with a little elbow grease, you can make the thing you would use.
Then, at least, there’s 1 happier person in the world.