19 Jun '12, 1pm

organizing a speakerconf

About 5 years ago I expressed an idea to Josh Graham.Let's take the parts of traditional conferences that the presenters like the most, and make that an entire conference. Specifically, we should have plenty of discussion time with drinks available & we should have group dinners every night. I'd expressed this idea to a few different people, and never done anything with it. Luckily, by the time I'd woken up the following morning, Josh had already set up the speakerconf website. Organizing speakerconf has been an interesting and enlightening journey. The past few blog posts have been about what speakerconf is, what presenters are responsible for, & logistics - this post is about how we got started and the organization and participation lessons I learned. The Beginning Once Josh created the website I knew it was time to see if we could actually make the event happen. I start...

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