[PyAR2] PyArkansas Conference

Bob Fahr bob.fahr at gmail.com
Sun Aug 17 23:04:03 CEST 2008

You're doing a great job!

I doing think that 8:30-3:30 is too long, I agree with your assessment that
those interested in driving will want to get their (gas) money's worth.  I
also agree that it would be a good idea to have a couple of the intro
classes.  We're expecting many new to python and I think that since we can
only offer 40 seats in the intro class we should have two in order to allow
as many as possible to take it.  The whole idea to so promote Python right?

Does UCA have the capability to live video broadcast from one room to the
others?  If so we could do the intro course in all rooms as once.  We might
be able to use Webex/Live meeting to facilitate this.

If you still need to fill spots I'd be glad to do a Eclipse session and
cover PyDev, and include info on use of Subversion and Trac for a complete
environment.   Jeff might be covering this in his intro.

On Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 4:58 PM, Greg Lindstrom <gslindstrom at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Everyone
> Plans continue.  Here are just some random issues and thoughts I have this
> afternoon.
> Swag is going well; in fact it's great for a local conference.  Chad picked
> up 50 copies of a GIS magazine and OReilly is sending a case of books to
> give away.  Add that to the 100 copies of Py Magazine, Python stickers that
> I have left over from PyCon, and 5 wingware editors to give away and we are
> looking pretty good.  Do we need a bag of some kind to put stuff in?  My
> insurance agent might give us 100; they would have State Farm written all
> over them and might have a promotional item or two inside (pen?  I don't
> know).  What about the wingware editors?  I'd hate to see them go to a total
> newbie if we have serious developers attending.  But there are more pressing
> concerns.
> Hours.  When do we want this to run?  We have 8:00-400 as follows:
>   8-8:30 registration
>   8:30-9:00: Welcome
>   9:00-11:30: Classes
>   11:30-12;30; Lunch
>   12:30-1;20:  Talk Session I
>   1:30-2:20: Talk Session II
>   2:30-3:30: Panel Discussion/Giveaways
> OK.  8:30-3:30.  Is this too much for our first try?  The thinking is that
> it makes for a long day for those traveling and may be over taxing our UCA
> hosts.  The other side of the coin is that if I were driving a couple hours
> I would want as much as I could get.  Another issue, which we will consider
> in a minute, is classes; it's not like we have a lot to offer.  We could
> drop an afternoon talk and get out at 2:30, but this would limit anyone
> wanting to take a "python 101" class to one other talk.  Dr. Chen, in
> particular, said that he was looking forward to sitting in on a talk or two.
> With the seating set out as it is -- 40 in one room, 24 in each of the
> others (88 total seats) -- we may want to think of 2 "python 101" classes.
> Though I don't know, it seems to me that many, if not most of the
> participants will be new.  The other option is to have an intro class, then
> two "intermediate" classes combined into the 2nd "class": Text/file
> processing and then Python Standard Library.  The Third morning track would
> be Django and something else.  Talks for the afternoon include OLPC, GIS,
> PyGame.  Any others (Jeff??).  Maybe we could "re offer" the Python 102
> talks from the morning (text/file processing and then PSL) in the afternoon.
> I'd like the final session to be a panel discussion with Jeff, Dr. Chen,
> Chad (who else?) where people could ask questions and get answers.  It might
> be nice to show off some Python based software/websites etc.  The largest
> room holds 40, so this may be a problem.
> On to Funding.  We have $300.00 from the PSF (Python Software Foundation).
> I have to get a checking account open so we can send out letters.  I think I
> will ask for $250.00 from Acxiom and Windstream, as well as Novasys Health
> (my employer).  Bringing Jeff in, which I think is a good thing, will run
> about $500.00 (travel, 2 nights hotel, meals).  I plan to get a maiing out
> to the area High Schools (I have 73 listed on the wiki) and Universities.
> Should we cut back, since we need to shut down registration at 100?  Maybe
> Faulkner and Pulaski counties?
> We need someone to work on the wiki telling people how to register.  I
> mean, how to edit the wiki to get their name on it (or email someone and
> they will edit it).  We shouldn't go over 100 registrants...what do we do if
> more people show up?  Maybe allow them to stand in, but I think those
> registered should get seats and computers and swag.  Maybe it won't be a
> problem.
> Also (to our UCA friends): what about parking?  Can we get "exemptions" to
> allow people to park on campus (maybe in a specified lot)?  Is there someone
> I can call to find out?
> We've received some nice emails from people looking forward to coming to
> our humble littel event.  Let's start talking it up, but we need to get
> people to register and keep UCA informed.  Also, we need to let them know
> what software needs to be installed on their machines.
> Let me know what you think and if I've missed anything.
> Thanks everyone!
> --greg
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