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

Thomas S Hatch thatch45 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 17:06:06 CEST 2011

I would love to come to a 0MQ conference!

If possible I would live to give a few presentations, on Salt, 0MQ security
and by then a few other things as well!

-Thomas S Hatch

On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 2:03 AM, Pieter Hintjens <ph at imatix.com> wrote:

> 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
> day.
> If you expect people to come from further afield, organize a dinner
> the evening before, breakfast on the day, and drinks on the evening
> after.
> Also,
>  - 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.
> http://www.zeromq.org/event:brussels-2011-05-10
> -Pieter
> 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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