This week is the Monktoberfest, the most interesting conference I’ve ever attended, and one of my must-attend events each year in October. Not only are the talks thought-provoking and the attendees are awesome, but the location in Portland, ME and the food and events are top-notch. The ideas I get each year are a big inspiration, and it’s a long wait until next year each time.Continue reading The Monktoberfest conference today and in history
Dear Conference Organizers: Improving The Speaker Experience
Juggling several speaking engagements coming up, I’m reminded of how hard the job of conference organizers is. Â Having helped to run ApacheCon as part of a volunteer team for years, I know how difficult it is to select talks, wrangle speaker acceptances (and rejections), and ensure your final conference schedule is appealing. Â Updating the clunky CFP system and keepingÂ the finicky schedule website updated are two problems that software hasn’t solved yet.
Equally important is how the conference acceptance & organization process works from the speaker’s side. Â Remember? Â Those people who make all the content your conference relies on? Â All those people who you love and appreciate – not that you pay them anything – and who you’ll do anything to fix last-minute problems for? Â While we can’t prevent all the last minute problems, there are a few simple steps to improve the speaker communication process to help prevent problems.
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So, I gave this talk at OSCON
So, it was short, but an important message that I don’t think many open source project participants are really thinking through yet. So, it was all about how BRAND > CODE, and I’m looking for feedback on how to expand this, so, into a much bigger and better talk.
OSCON Ignite 2014: BRAND > CODE, by Shane Curcuru
So, you have to understand: yes, watching the video is so painful. I’m not usually that so-so. It was a combination of nerves (bigger stage than expected), jetlag, E_NOTENOUGH_PREPTIME, and the fact that my cell phone had just taken a dip in the water a few hours earlier.
OSCON was awesome, by the way. Next year looking forward to making sure my travel plans include the Community Leadership Summit!
I use Slideshare, and I speak at ApacheCon on managing community brands and making profits while respecting brands.