2010/Conference Feedback

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  • Keynotes: Usually okay for 9am, no earlier
  • Transcribing: hire stenographer? (perfect notes, more accessible, searchable)
  • Liked long sessions
  • Too many long sessions
  • Flip long sessions to be in the afternoons some times.
  • Hardware talks? Approved
  • FPGA
  • No session on how to replace facebook (yes there was)
  • If your session will be noisy, please flag that early
  • Will there be live demos (new check box)
  • Django talk got canceled :(
  • Schedule talks with live demos to be after lunch
  • Make it an option for people to request cabled internet for live demos
  • More panels and group discussions
  • Wired mic cables were too short
  • Presenters need to be reminded of proper mic placement
  • Sound issues sometimes took a while to be resolved
  • Schedules - hard to find long descriptions
  • Registration - take photo of each attendee, attendee annotates, goes up on a wall (could be twitter wall)
  • Speaker names on paper schedules
  • Paper schedules were awesome!
  • Badges need to show names on both sides; add twitter handle; make clear in registration what will be on the badges
  • Useful to have mobile web version of schedule
  • More assistance in how to meet people, networking
  • Curtains: mixed result, generally positive
  • Splash back of sound against room
  • As a speaker it was hardly disruptive, but for participants it was distracting
  • Aisle down middle of seat set up.
  • Number of concurrent sessions: generally perfect/happy
  • Good length of sessions, great length of breaks
  • Good length of lunches
  • Hacker lounge at this location = awesome
  • What if we shut it down at 2am? No particular interest.
  • Would you pay an additional fee if we included a party at the venue? Generally yes.
  • Secure storage for hardware, luggage would be nice.
  • choir sessions and yoga session both = awesome
  • printer and microwave
  • structured signage at weddings
  • sandwich board or whatever to help direct people to the correct building.
  • unconference: how can this be added for mobile apps? schedule software for barcamp?
  • extend museum pass etc to a non-conference day
  • more whiteboards (in session rooms and the hacker lounge)
  • snack times - morning tea rather than afternoon tea
  • cookies good, one prefers mezza plate
  • some interest in donuts, but not big cheers
  • 50/50 split on preferring morning tea or afternoon tea if only one.
  • fundraising: encourage businesses to get involved early
  • coffee++ and the water all over the place++
  • tea was great, hot chocolate please
  • more power outlets in the lounge (or don't hide them under the tables)
  • more tables instead of keynote seating?
  • portland theater style seating (classroom style)
  • power in keynote seating area, might have made it more used
  • power was exceptional
  • wireless was awesome (after a few day one glitches)
  • more wireless security?
  • travel agency - would prefer discount code for hotel instead
  • please introduce organising committee at start of conference
  • parties: speaker party was great!
  • start-up crawl = awesome
  • bofs a little late in the day
  • open track for bofs? schedule at dinner time? schedule at lunch?
  • redundancy between bofs and unconference (one constant unconference track?)
  • need suggestions of good food places nearby venue for dinner options
  • how could we make the wiki better? (create users)
  • replace link to "Wiki", integrate that into the main site a bit better
  • great idea to have a wiki page for each session, but should ask speakers to remind attendees to be involved
  • create a role of note taker for each room/session
  • star rating systems for feedback for each talk
  • hall way track less fun (perhaps a conversation pit, with couches or what?)
  • where to meet to get together to go get food
  • some wiki drop in or another, wagn?
  • for those not going to beer and blog... last minute meet up some how
  • scavenger hunt was an awesome idea
  • speakers could use screenflow software to make it easier some how...
  • It would be really useful to have a quick lightning talk or ignite-style roundup of the day's topics at the beginning to clarify each topic (at times the descriptions were somewhat misleading), and to quickly demonstrate the speaker's style
  • more recycling bins so we don't generate so much trash! plastic hot cup tops, plastic cups, compostable tea bags, and paper, paper, paper!
  • Integrate (anonymous?) session feedback into the system
  • Two Hacker Lounges: one by day at the venue, one at night with alcohol
  • The website should prominently link to the UStream and Etherpad sites for OSBridge
  • Proper walls between talk rooms. +2
  • T-shirts. For sale separately would be fine.
  • Capture audio and video feeds for all talks and post on youtube/vimeo/whatever.
  • Attendee profiles, sortable/searchable by tagged interests, skill-sets.