EURUKO 2007 – Take 3

Thanks for everyone who replied to the previous postings. Unfortunately the amount of the feedback is, let’s say, not statistically significant enough to base further planning on it.

In addition to this we settled for the 4. and 5. November. Unfortunately, we then learned that this clashes with the RubyConf in Charlotte, North Carolina. Is that a problem for anyone (i.e. would you attend both conferences if they wouldn’t clash)? If so, please raise your exception voice. If we don’t know about it, we can’t fix it – so please tell us (well, tell me). Even though it’s still close to RubyConf, we could for example settle with the 10. and 11. November. What do you think/prefer?

Anyway, there’s the first lesson learned: For next year we’ll have to start planning earlier to avoid the date conflicts.

As the precise location isn’t fixed yet, we’re still open to adjust the location to the expected number of attendees – in only we’d know what to expect. Given year’s increase of interest in Ruby and Rail, it’s very hard to estimate this number. And a good estimation would help us a lot, since we wouldn’t like to prevent people from attending, just because there’s way to few places available.

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6 thoughts on “EURUKO 2007 – Take 3

  1. Soliciting feedback seems to be the major problem at the moment 😉 The ruby mailing lists (ruby-talk in particular) are the only real ruby resource I typically monitor, so I’m not sure what other lists the event is being published on. For publicity, we should probably spam at least all the German language Ruby/RoR resources and, judging by last years participants, all the UK ones as well. As soon as the date and location are fixed, also have some press releases to the relevant German press (heise, anything else?)

  2. My estimate would be that attendance would be rougly similar to last years. If we have some sort of rudimentary registration, we could at least make sure whatever location is picked won’t get flooded.

    Are you currently the only person organising? Is there a mailing list or something similar that could be used for the people who are interested in helping to interact and coordinate? I only collected about two or three addresses of people I met last year, but it might be a good idea to contact as many of last years attendants as possible directly.

  3. There seems to some kind of wordpress problem… I couldn’t post the original comment in one piece, so I broke it up in chunks… But the third chunk won’t post because of a “duplicate comment detected” error. Anyway, I’ll keep trying, sorry about posting in bits and pieces.

  4. Are you currently the only person organising? Is there a mailing list or something similar that could be used for the people who are interested in helping to interact and coordinate? I only collected about two or three addresses of people I met last year, but it might be a good idea to contact as many of last years attendants as possible directly.

  5. I give up! Further points in abbridged form:

    * use barcamp infrastructure to help help generate publicity
    * update last years wiki (even if it’s ugly, there’s still a lot of places pointing to it.)
    * I’d be willing to help with anything that doesn’t involve being in Munich long before the conference:

    – organize nametags (as offered last year)
    – create/host a mailing list
    – help organize structure a wiki (or some other mode of interaction for the organizers)
    – hold a presenation
    – try to collect related forums that we could use for announcements
    – send off a quick note to the people who’s addresses I collected last year
    – throw around ideas
    – more or less anything someone else thinks of that would be feasible to manage from Cologne 🙂

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