[zeromq-dev] 0mq conference idea, Feb 2012, Portland, Oregon?

Pieter Hintjens ph at imatix.com
Wed Aug 31 10:03:53 CEST 2011

Hi Michel,

Great idea, count me in, I should be somewhere near by in February.
Bay Area, or perhaps Dallas.

We've experimented with a number of formats. The formal conference
model is a lot of work, in finding speakers and organization, and not
really suitable for a community.

For the last Brussels event we did an unconference, which worked
nicely. Basically, people queue requests to talk, and each person gets
to talk, with slides if they have to, without if possible.

It worked well to have a time-keeper (Mikko, in Brussels) brutal
enough to say, "you're getting boring, please end it now". Some people
enjoy talking too much. :-)

If you allow people to present randomly, you should get a nice mix of
improv and lecture. So there's really no need to over-structure the

If you expect people to come from further afield, organize a dinner
the evening before, breakfast on the day, and drinks on the evening


 - It's good to have drinks and snacks near by so if the speaker isn't
interesting, people leave.
 - Keep the room light so people don't fall asleep.
 - Get someone to take photos, we always forget this.
 - Don't try to video stream or IRC it, that is pretty pointless.
 - People can record their thoughts via a wiki page, but there's no
point in detailed reporting.

And finally,

 - Do use the zeromq.org events wiki for this, e.g.


On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 1:15 AM, Michel Pelletier
<pelletier.michel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> For the past year my employer and I have been using 0mq more and more,
> and a few months ago here in Portland we had a 0mq meetup, where quite
> a few more people showed up than I expected (about 20 or so).  Based
> on that, and the need to contribute something back to the community,
> meet with cool people, and drink beer, we are kicking around the idea
> of having a 0mq "conference" here at our new, spacious office location
> in Portland, Oregon, USA, sometime in February of 2012.
> This email to kick off a discussion on this admittedly bold idea and
> see if it is interesting to enough people to pursue.  The last meetup
> here was very spur of the moment, so I expect we could potentially
> double the attendance just with local folks.  Throw in people who can
> come down from Seattle, and possible up from the San Francisco Bay
> area, I expect we could have 50-75 people attend.  This is a totally
> optimistic guess.
> In addition to attendees, of course, there will need to be speakers.
> While I have some material to present, as does one of my coworkers,
> two presenters does not a conference make, so others would need to
> step up in order to make this happen.  Some commercial support to at
> least help offset the expense of stuff like snacks, a keg of beer, etc
> would be ideal.  Sponsors would get plenty of good vibrations and face
> time with attendees.  This would be particularly good for any
> companies looking for 0mq developers to hire.
> Ideally, if we could get one or two core developers to provide some
> advanced material, that would wonderful!  Depending on sponsorship
> interest hopefully there might even be enough funds to assist getting
> one or two "rock stars" to travel here.  No promises, but that would
> be awesome!
> So, if you are a potential attendee, speaker, or sponsor (or all 3!)
> please contact me *privately* off-list so that I can gauge the
> interest.  If you want to discuss the content, timing, location, or
> concept in general, then let's keep the discussion on list.  Again,
> please don't post "I want to go!" messages to the list, just send
> those to me privately.  Please only use this thread in the list if you
> want to discuss the concept itself.  Some open questions:
> Where?  The space we are offering is one block from the train to the
> airport, 3 blocks from the train to Seattle, and smack downtown
> within grazing range of hundreds of Portland's famous food carts.
> How many people?  I not entirely certain how many people the "big
> space" can hold, but we think, comfortably, we can max out at 60-75.
> When should it be?  Feb is far off enough to get some good planning
> done and get the low travel prices.  It's also the rainy season, so no
> one will be tempted to hang around on our porch getting a sun tan.
> How long would it be?  I was thinking 2 days, preferably over a
> weekend.  This would be best for my employer since during the week we
> are trying to use the space to get work stuff done.
> Would it be single track, or multi-track?  Single focus would be nice
> because everyone can see all the material and also, we only have the
> one big space, although there are some small private side spaces that
> can be used for sprinting/pairing should the urge strike you.
> What's the format?  I personally prefer longer talks where lots of
> good juicy information can be conveyed, mixed in with some fun
> lightning talks and quick improvs.  Tutorials?  Hack challenges?
> So, let the discussion begin, and let 2012 be the year 0mq takes over
> the world!
> -Michel
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