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* Public lectures, the writers festival partnered with the briscience crowd (of which i have some connections) to present some of the international speakers to a wider audience. I particularly think that the wellington non-technical keynotes would work well in that regard. (CR)
* Twitter questions. Instead of having helpers running around with microphones, provide a simple web app that allows people submit questions, upvote questions, and allow submission via twitter/identica. Sort the questions by popularity, then let the speaker pick and choose which one he likes, given then he's reading the questions [s]he shouldn't forget to read the question out.
* Donna Benjamin (organiser of LCA 2008) passed on a checklist for planning events that she found useful.
* Get the MAKE guys involved with the open day. (CR)
* Invite the LugRadio guys to do a live show during the week. (CR)
* bridge making night: paddlepops and a hot glue gun, test with people standing on it. (CR)
* hacker badges: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackaday/sets/72157600219265392/ (CR)
* We need a confirmed, concrete date. Most places we approach thats the first question they ask. When would that be known? (JR)
* There is some male and female showers at QUT. We could include their locations in the handouts given. From memory there _is_ some in Z Block and S Block (the two blocks hosting the event). (JR)
* People may want to cycle to venue. Showers would be good. Some cycle path information would be good. (GL)
* Here is some info on cycling between uq and qut. CycleSpiel there are also cycle guides we can get from active transport to give people. (PA)
* Speakers often want to write on the board. Make sure each room has white board pens. (RS)
* Don't go crazy and expect wireless to be perfect. Offer wired ports around the venue. (JI)
* Aim to have aircon in venues. A room full of hot geeks doesn't smell good. (JI)
* Aim for a similar ammount of food as LCA2007 per person. There was plenty to go around. (JI)
* Ensure there is power provided for people with laptops. Possibly in theatres if possible. (JI)
* Approach Ipswich City Council for possible donation of bottled water supplies. (ME)
* Compared to LCA2007, have better signage for directions to rooms, facilities, etc. (ME)
* Approach Australian open source artists such as Pascal Klien and Andy Fitzsimon to do conference artwork. (ME)
* Possibly offer delegates the choice of receiving 'schwag' (ie conference bag and goodies) if they attend. The reason being that after so many years of 'collecting' schwag from previous conferences that some people don't want or need any more. (ME)
* (ET) Team structure: Been noodling this morning on how to actually put together a functioning team structure for this project. What I came up with was that responsibilities can be roughly categorised as: Content, Technical, Logistics, and Administrivia.
- Content: Miniconfs, Speakers/keynotes/papers, Open Day
- Technical: Website, AV, network engineering, Sysadminly duties
- Logistics: Transport (people, equipment, paraphernalia), Venue, Events
- Administrivia: Sponsorship, Treasury, Media, co-ordination
There is a fair bit of overlap between areas, but I think this may be a logical breakdown of duties.
* (PT) Lifting some ideas from OSDC 2007:
- Women's Shirts (big hit!); increase font size on the availability of women's shirts.
- Design consistancy. Make sure all logo's are the same.
- Sports towels a possible.
- Plenty of room for registration desk away from other conference organizers.
- Talk to venue staff about other bookings they may have to stop possible double bookings of rooms.
- Internet Access Points need to have some auto-configuration happening.. Manual Flashing is bad.
- Channel numbers need to be assign after device does a survey of area.
- Internode appear to be happy to help with internet access..
- If more that one DSL line is going to be used, either ask to be put on an LNS that support multilink or trail weeks before hand on round robin routing.
- Chilispot or something similar would be a good idea. This would allow a small EUA to be accepted. Not to mention stop war-drivers.
* Contact Cisco or someone simmiliar for a donation of wireless networking equipment. OLS did and they had at least 1 ap if not more in every room. wireless worked very well. it was a secured network with WPA that was advertised in the schedule. (DG)
* QUT has 3 lecture halls in Z block the big one that holds ~600 and 2 that hold ~400 at least a few years ago they could link via audio/video/computer all three rooms. it should be plenty for keynotes. (DG)