[Conferences-discuss] Crackle, crackle, "hello"...

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Wed, 13 Feb 2002 09:30:53 -0500

[Lots of good points snipped]

> 3. My own feeling is that the PSF or some other visibly non-profit
> organization could do at least as good a job as Foretec, but I shudder
> when I remember the time it takes to organize an even half-way
> professional conference.

And that's of course the crux of the issue at hand.  We would need to
find volunteers who can do for free what Foretec has done for money:
negotiate with venues, arrange logistics, set up a website, find
program chairs and a program committee and make sure they do their job
on time, etc.  All these things can be done on a shoestring budget,
but it's still a massive job coordinating all those volunteers and
making sure the venue logistics work.

Example: imagine 400 people show up and there's no coffee.  If they
all go the the Starbuck's around the corner, it'll take several hours
before everybody has their latte.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)