[Texas] Opening up regional conferences

Greg Lindstrom gslindstrom at gmail.com
Tue Aug 17 13:32:31 CEST 2010

Good job on pyOhio 2010, everyone.  I'm looking forward to pyTexas at the
end of next week.

pyArkansas will by on October 16, once again at the University of Central
Arkansas but I have had an idea in my head for a few years now and wanted to
get you thinking about it, too.  What do you think about webcasting some of
your classes/talks next year?  On the simple end, I think if would be way
cool (tm) to get one of the Universities in Conway (we have 3 of 'em!) to
open up one of their multi-media centers for people to come
watch/participate in a class.  On the more extravagant end, I thought it
might be cool to coordinate some of the regional conferences to run on the
same weekend and have talks originating from different places.  I have no
idea of what's involved technically or financially, but thought it might be
worth considering.  I spoke with Gloria about it at pyOhio and she said that
it's common in Europe and that there is some pretty good open source
software for it.  The motivation for me is to save money; it's expensive to
bring in experts to Arkansas for our conference each year (though video
conferencing may be more expensive).

What do you think?  Too over-the-top?

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