EduGeek Conferences in 2014
For those of you who are regular attenders of our annual conference you may have heard us talking recently about the possibility of attending one closer to home in the future.
Unfortunately we cannot manage to get another one sorted out for this year due to time constraints with BETT now a rapidly looming reality (ask our sponsors how soon THAT comes around!), however that does not mean we haven’t been busy with some planning.
We have primarily sourced some venues/locations that we can host events at and what we now need is some numbers from you.
Ideally we would need 45-50 attendees to make each conf work as well as speakers etc. and we have noticed in the past year or so a slight drop in those attending or, more costly to us, booking a ticket and not showing up (which costs us about £35 a time), primarily though this is down to schools now not being willing to spend on travel, hotels for non-teaching staff to attend events, regardless of how helpful and informative these are.
So, due to popular demand, we are planning to take the events to you in 2014, provided we can get enough people interested that is.
Now, the period from Feb-July is manic for us. Not only do we have BETT, but also, The Education Innovation Conference, one of our confs, and ISTE in the US to plan and attend. All of these events leaves us feeling quite exhausted and fitting in an extra EduGeek conf is not something we would feel comfortable in doing (although we’d be willing to give it a good try!), so here are some options for you.
1. We hold a conf in May (as per usual) and then host two in the summer holidays (July /August) and one more in the October half term
2. We host 2 confs in one week in May then one in July/August and one in October
3. We have 3 confs. One in May, one in July/August and one in October
4. We host a conf in the US/Australia
Now, the amount of events we can hold are dependent on the numbers involved in the locations contain in the poll; these are Preston, Edinburgh, London and Bristol. Please note these are multiple choice so you can pick more than one if you can make it. We shall post another poll about locations and dates once we get numbers.
Also on the poll is the question ‘Would you mind paying a £15 refundable deposit’. This is an idea we have had to prevent those who book tickets and don’t turn up. This is not only costs us money, but prevents those on our wait lists from being able to attend. The £15 deposit would be returned to all attendee on their arrival. If you don’t turn up you don’t get it back.
So, over to you J
P.S. We are also giving serious though about hosting an event in the US or Australia. If you are from either of these countries please tick the box in the poll and we shall try and get something organised, however doe to the size of these countries it would take a lot more planning and preparation, perhaps leading to a 2 day event. Anyway, let us know if you are interested.