[Linux-aus] About a User Conference (was...)]
mikal at stillhq.com
Wed Feb 23 13:35:07 UTC 2005
Anthony Towns wrote:
> Tim Bowden wrote:
>> Just out of interest, can anyone give an of-the-cuff ballpark figure of
>> what lca2004 cost, with an approximate breakdown of where the money
> Going from memory on 2002, the key costs were:
> * venue (yay for in kind sponsorship from unis!)
> * flying international speakers in
> * food (morning/afternoon tea; conference dinner)
> * everything else
> Think, say, $20k for each of those items for a conference of 300
> attendees, and you're in the right ballpark.
I suspect that international speakers for a user conference is counter
productive -- the international speakers tend to be specialists, and
you're looking at something more general for a user conference. I would
think that the costs for a starting out user conference are:
- a small amount of printing (handouts at the event)
- a tshirt for the attendees
- A/V costs (possibly part of venue)
And that should be about it.
> Subsequent conferences have added other stuff and gotten bigger, but the
> above will get you your base model LCA without the options.
Yes, with proposed tweak.
> New issues for a user conference could potentially include:
> * not being able to run it at a uni or get cheap rates
> * having to pay speakers to present (particularly specialist
> trainers who mightn't want to compete with themselves)
> * having to pay organisers
I agree with one of those. I know that a major hotel in Canberra will do
a day package of $49 per person for events (with a minimum booking). For
my 100 people proposal, that's only about $5k, and I assume that a
community club can do better for a non-profit.
If it's run as a national LUG meeting, then you don't need to pay
speakers -- they'll presumably come for the same reasons that they speak
at LUG meetings now.
>> Anything heading towards a trade show type event should be buried 6'
>> under unless a commercial organiser wants to do it themselves. IMHO it
>> should not be lug's or la that drive such a thing.
> So what /would/ people like to see? Talks? Tutorials? Classes? Areas
> where you can go to talk to Linux developers / consultants / companies?
> Do you want to focus on learning stuff, or getting ideas on new things
> to do, or networking? Do you want to come wearing a suit and holding a
> business card, or with a t-shirt and a laptop?
I think business stuff is a different event. An event I suspect is
needed, but not part of LCA or a user conference.
> What would you or your friends/workmates go to a "CALU" for, that you
> wouldn't be better off going to an LCA/AUUG/SAGE conference for?
Interesting... I will meditate.
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