[EuroPython] Decision points and call to meeting
mwh at python.net
Tue Jan 18 14:59:06 CET 2005
Jacob Hallén <jacob at strakt.com> writes:
> Hi everyone,
> It is time to gather and make some important decisions about Europython 2005.
> I would therefore like to call to a meeting this Tursday, 20 January 2005 at
> 1700 CET. The place is as usual the #europython channel in the freenode IRC
Hmm, don't think I can attend this. But I'm not sure I'd have much to
> Since I have heard very little on the list after my message of 8 December, I
> assume that a number of items will be a mere formality to decide.
I suspect so, yes.
> 3. Rooms
> VA (150), VB(150), VR (180) and VG (70) to be reserved. (see last years site
> The big auditorium will probably not be available before 1800. I suggest
> extending the lunch break to 1.5 hours, to make better use of the time.
Good idea. Lunch was too short last year anyway.
> 4. Keynote speakers
> We invite Guido again.
> We invite Adele Goldberg.
> 5. Key points in time
> This is my proposed timetable. Does anyone want to change anything, or add
> more time specifics?
> - 31 January - Call for talks and call for papers opens
> - 28 February - last day to submit proposals for refereed papers
> - 15 March - Registration opens
> - 30 April - last day to submit talk propsals
> - 15 May - last day of Early-bird registration
> - 17 June - last day of pre-registration
All seems very reasonable to me.
> 6. Sponsors
> I suggest we keep the same sponsorship costs as last year.
> 7. Track chairs
> My current list of track chairs looks as follows. Please tell me if your name
> is not on the list, but should be there, or if it is on the list and
> As you can see, we still have vacancies in Applications and Zope lightning
> Python Language
> Michael Hudson
> Michael Hudson <mwh at python.net>
I'd still like to find someone else to do this...
> 8. Breakfast
> We can get breakfast at the student union for SEK 50/person and day (~5.50
> Euro). This would include coffee, tea, juice, yoghurt, cheese sandwich and
> ham sandwich. Do we want this? If we have to increase our prices remains an
> open question. We may save enough on cheaper locations.
It sounds like a good idea to me, finances permitting.
> 9. Price structure
> I suggest we keep the same general structure as last year. I would like to add
> the following though:
> - Speakers who pay after the earlybird cutoff pay an extra 10 Euro.
> - Speakers who pay at the conference pay an extra 50 Euro.
> Motivation: People paying late add uncertainty and there is no real need for
> speakers to pay late. People paying at the conference is a real bother and
> have to pay a steep premium for being that late. There were several speakers
> paying at the conference last year and they were a hassle.
> 10. Refunds
> We did not have a refund policy last year, which was something that bit me.I
> had controversies with a couple of people. I would like to suggest that we
> have a policy of refunding everything except an administrative fee of 20 Euro
> for cancellations more than 30 days before the conference and make no
> refundds for cancellations later than that. We will allow switches of person
> attending until the time of arrival at the conference. This is slightly more
> generous than most other conferences.
Having a defined policy certainly sounds like a good idea, and these
terms sound reasonable to me.
> 11. Cheques
> Cheques are a big bother. We can either say that we don't accept cheques or we
> can attach a 100 Euro administrative fee to them. Our bank charges about 50
> Euro for cacheing a foreign cheque, and it normally takes an hour of queueing
> to get to do it at all.
Ouch. How many people wanted to pay by cheque?
Thank you for keeping trudging on!
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