simon at darkmere.gen.nz
Tue Jun 24 09:19:59 EST 2008
On Mon, 23 Jun 2008, James Spenceley wrote:
> Anyway, I'd love to hear some feedback, is $600 too much ? Is anyone
> not coming because of the price hike ?
I guess $600 is more than most people can casually pay themselves or more
than most managers can simply authorise. $200 on the other hand is
low enough to get away with without much paperwork or pain. I can imagine
somebody local just asking for two days off (perhaps paid) to attend the
conference and paying the entrance themselves.
The $2000/day conferences on the other hand *are* out of training budgets
and I suspect almost nobody will pay for themselves.
A $200 conference:
- Will need at least 3 man-months worth of volunteers ( as in 3*30*8 hours)
- Will not be in a nice hotel
- Will not have nice waiters filling up your water every 10 minutes
- Network connections might be ad-hoc
- Will still need serious sponsors and something to underwrite costs.
- Might have to be during a holiday break to get a cheap venue
- Won't be able to fly in many speakers
- Won't have a professional conference organiser smoothing out problems.
- Might not have nice sit down dinners
- Snacks during conference probably not that great.
- Might have a cheap looking website
- Might have cheap ($50/night) accommodation options
If you pay $600 you can have a nice venue, fly in a few speakers, somebody
will organise the catering, rooms and other boring stuff and you'll have a
surplus for the next time around.
> Do people see value in AusNOG
> getting to a position of financial independence ?
This is really required. Having a few thousand ( well at least $10k) in
the kitty means that bookings etc can be made and other problems smoothed
over. NZNOG  is kind of in this position after a few years in that
there is a small surplus passed on from one year to the next and at least
one sponsor that sponsors every year.
 - NZNOG 09 will probably be in the $200-$250 range and within a $400
flight of Syd/Mel.
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