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Feedback on the 2007 National Conference

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What worked

  • Agenda
    • Start time: I'm happy that we didn't start too early. --Gavin 02:35, 27 May 2007 (JST)
    • Reportbacks was awesome --Gavin 05:42, 27 May 2007 (JST)
  • Sustenance
    • Lunch & snack: Free is good! (Free as in free lunch) --Gavin 02:38, 27 May 2007 (JST)
    • Lunch: Vegetarian is good --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)
  • Registration
    • Free is good --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)
  • Location
    • Conveniently located -- not far from T, pretty easy to find --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)
    • Room was large enough, pretty comfortable, plenty of power outlets --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)

What should we change?

  • Agenda
    • Too packed: Need more time between sessions. --Gavin 02:35, 27 May 2007 (JST)
      • This was a hard compromise--we wanted more time between sessions, but also didn't want to start too early. As it was, the conference ran pretty late--what do you think we should err on the side of next time? CrimsonNinjaGirl 15:48, 28 May 2007 (JST)
      • I think it was actually perfect timing -- just enough time at lunch and ice cream to talk and catch up and not too many sessions to have to choose between. Mecredis 23:48, 29 May 2007 (JST)
    • Stay on schedule: Need queue cards to keep speakers on schedule. --Gavin 02:35, 27 May 2007 (JST)
      • The IRC backchannel kind of took care of this, but we should definitely get a reg/timer laptop next time.
    • Reportbacks: Might want to split chapters from projects/other organizations, especially if the conference is larger next year --Gavin 05:42, 27 May 2007 (JST)
      • I think we did this, putting the projects at the end, didn't we? Mecredis 23:48, 29 May 2007 (JST)
    • Pre-conference welcome: Should organize a dinner or something the night before. --Gavin 02:35, 27 May 2007 (JST)
      • Sure, but organizing large dinners is kind of a pain, and some people just came for the day. Mecredis 23:48, 29 May 2007 (JST)
  • Sustenance
    • Morning: Should have morning snacks -- at least coffee & water or something. --Gavin 02:38, 27 May 2007 (JST)
    • Environmental impact: Should make sure everything we use is biodegradable or recyclable (is styrofoam the best choice?) --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)
  • Registration
    • Name tags: Pre-printed name tags for registered attendees -- they're easier to read & more convenient --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)
      • I think this flies in the face of making sure everything is environmental. We risk over printing for those who don't attend and wasting paper. Mecredis 23:48, 29 May 2007 (JST)
    • Communication: Better communication with attendees -- I had a lot of people ask about where they're staying, etc. -- it wasn't totally clear who was in charge or who to call in case something went wrong --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)
    • Tip jar: Maybe we could accept donations from people who would like to contribute, to defray costs --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)
      • Agreed, or paypal account.
  • Location
    • Connectivity: Might be nice to have ethernet ports -- less hassle connecting to wireless, maybe faster, option for people without wireless cards (or broken, or problems, or whatever) --Gavin 03:55, 27 May 2007 (JST)
      • I disagree, ethernet is more of a hassle than wifi, esp. considering having cables. We could have just set up a router with some drops and a better wifi connection. Mecredis 23:48, 29 May 2007 (JST)
    • Facilities: have air conditioning in as many rooms as possible. Set up recording/streaming equipment before conferences start. -- Nick
    • Should have tables for friendly groups / litdrop --Gavin 05:42, 27 May 2007 (JST)