Hmm, would have to see when it is as I am due to have my eye operated on in the next 6 months and it will leave me out of action for a bit.
And lots of other techs who might not see this as they can't come to the EDIT conf. A new thread?
ButterflyMoon (25th April 2014)
Too late for this year i guess but would it be possible to host the event somewhere central i.e. Birmingham or something so most people can make it as its central sort of area and rail, road and other connections are pretty good.
If it were only England we were talking about, Leicester is pretty much slap bang in the middle.
When it comes to hosting events 'elsewhere' we do have issues when it comes to planning. With the venues in Preston I can give the venue a list of requests, pop down and ensure they have been implented and ensure everthing will be tikkety-boo before the main event.
This year we are looking to host other events, but given our requirements for power, internet, wireless and other technical provisions it is a lot to ask of some venues to ensure that they can actually meet these demands without our direct oversight.
Having new conf locations 200 miles from our base is going to be a challenge.
Right, we should be getting the registration for the conf up today, but please fill out the poll to give us an idea of numbers as we do need to ensure that we fill a minimum amount of slots otherwiese it's going to put future confs in jepardy as there is a considerable financial outlay for these events as, as those who have attended in the past can attest, we do lay on quite a bit of hospitality!
Next! As the idea of a proper 'geek-up' has lodged in my brain since it's suggestion some points come to mind:
- It would have to be a 'whole' weekend event i.e. Friday - Sunday
- Would you want it to be camping or hotel based (hotel is sooooo much easier to organise)
- There would be a cost as there is no way we could cover everything and even the little things (if camping) such as toilets, rubbish collection, electrics, first aid and decent internet access would begin to run into quite an amount of money
- What would you want the event to consist of? Speakers, activites, fun stuff or a more casual 'bring a laptop and socilaise' affair? With perhaps some Minecraft.
Now, back to the EDIT 2014 and ISTE organisation..........
Fair enough, it makes sense
Only comment I'd have to that is maybe we could have a certain amount of spaces for camping, with the rest needing to hotel it (which some may prefer to do anyway of course).
A mish-mash of all the potential activities you've listed there sounds good!
The way I imagine it, is the conference with camping, and extra festivities. Holding it on a weekend will probably encourage more people to come, as there's no conflict with work, and a small charge for a good party is no big thing. This way, us suppliers could get involved, with our usual tables, plus whatever fun and festive activities we could come up with to make it a little different.
You already said the Rugby club does caming
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