[Texas] PyTexas 2012 leadership opportunity

Tomo Popovic tp0x45 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 16:53:55 CEST 2012


I really liked the conference last year and did not want it to not
happen. It is really good that we are moving it forward. I will keep
an eye on the development and try to help where I can :)

Tomo

On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM, Brad Allen <bradallen137 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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>>
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