I’ve been doing various events work this year, for some interesing and leading names in the web space.
As some of you may know, I helped found Chinwag as a commercial venture, which then went on to launch Chinwag Live series. We also did Big Summer 07 last year, which was a free party for over 2,000 people. Just 5 of us organised the whole thing, in 6 weeks. And I still have some hair left! 😉
Then, earlier this year I was working with Mike Butcher at TechCrunchUK to help him kickstart some events in the UK and Europe. He’s now jetting off all over the place meeting people and creating meet ups off the back of other events, as well as organising some really exciting ones of his own, such as the recent (very successful) Pitch! event.
Now I’m working at the Guardian, and looking into events as part of my research for my current role. Guardian events in the past have been on large scale, with a full events team organising events such as the Guardian brand at Glastonbury.
All these different types of event has got me thinking, what would be the best event you would want to go to? If you could combine all the aspects of events you’ve been to over the last few years, and come up with some almighty geek/tech/online/networking fest, what would it be like?
Mine would be something along the lines of, in priority order: Incredible speakers discussing their visions (not pimping their warez!), affordable pricing (I guess sub £100), good accessible venue in an interesting city, an exciting delegate list – perhaps one that’s been thought out with tickets tactically released to ensure a wide range and spread of people, cool freebies/swag from sponsors, and great networking – be that at the venue or the pub down the road.
So come on, spill, what would your ideal conference/event look like? And while you’re at it – I’d love to know what was your favourite event or conference you’ve been to this year, from a geek meet up in a pub right through to something like Le Web. It’s whichever one left you with a “that was so cool I want to do it again next week!” feeling. The very first FOWA was mine.