[Texas] PyTexas 2012 leadership opportunity

Brad Allen bradallen137 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 16:15:32 CEST 2012

Hi Tomo,

Thanks for stepping forward. We don't have any dates yet or even a
conference format decision. Just today, Ben Liles has offered to step
up as chairman and organized the conference at TAMU in College
Station. That is the same place we had it last year, and Ben was
heavily involved as one of the organizers.

Please stay in touch and let us know your ideas if you would like to
contribute to the conference.

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM, Tomo Popovic <tp0x45 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Brad,
> What are the tentative dates for PyTexas 2012?
> What would leadership role assume?
> I might be able to help some depending on the dates and my availability.
> Thanks,
> Tomo
> On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM, Brad Allen <bradallen137 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> After speaking to some of the potential volunteers, it seems that
>> nobody has time to take on responsibility for organizing PyTexas 2012,
>> at least not in a leadership role.
>> There are still plenty of people likely to volunteer for less time
>> consuming responsibilities in order to have the conference. Some of us
>> would probably be disappointed if it didn't happen this year...
>> Maybe we should think about ways reduce the scope and effort. I've
>> personally enjoyed several "unconference" style events such as BarCamp
>> and PyCon open space sessions. The community usually pulls together a
>> lot of really interesting presentations and discussions at the last
>> minute.
>> We could also reduce effort by not taking sponsorship. Last year
>> handling sponsorship was fairly labor intensive. The result of that
>> activity was that we could afford a really cool t-shirt & bag, as well
>> as video recording and catering.
>> We could also skip the prizes. That would remove the need for registration.
>> What does that leave? Everyone shows up and some people post their
>> presentations on a schedule board.  Some of them plug in projectors
>> and start hand-waving. Others get jiggy with the whiteboard explaining
>> ingenius/harebrained schemes. A few open source sprints form up. Most
>> importantly, volunteers hang out in the help area for beginners, and
>> beginners actually show up and ask for help.
>> That sounds like a pretty good conference to me. What do you think?
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