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Choosing the Right Events for your Community

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Choosing the Right Events for your Community, given by Kara Sowles at OSCON 2014.

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Choosing the Right Events for your Community

  1. 1. one day conferences parties user groups enormous conference contributor events
  2. 2. LET’S HOLD AN EVENT FOR OUR COMMUNITY
  3. 3. CONTRIBUTORS AUTHORS USERS CODERS BEGINNERS LEADERS DESIGNERS HIGH SCHOOLERS TESTERS EMPLOYEES CUSTOMERS
  4. 4. purpose
  5. 5. teach people something new gather marketing leads celebrate encourage beginners to keep learning meet users face-to-face share your discoveries learn from others collaborate increase transparency gather feedback fix something share knowledgebuild something
  6. 6. Not a User User Super User Contributor Beginner Intermediate Advanced Using Enterprise Using Open Source Must know Perl Must know Ruby Must know Clojure Must know Elvish (Tengwar only)
  7. 7. Full Day Event Half Day Event One Hour Event Evening Event Co-located w/ another event Independent Day after other event 50 people 100 people 200 people 500 people Presentations Open Hacking Demos Discussion
  8. 8. some specific types of events
  9. 9. collaborate compete
  10. 10. contributor events
  11. 11. one day conferences parties user groups enormous conference contributor events
  12. 12. ONLINE EVENTS
  13. 13. small one-day conferences
  14. 14. setting expectations
  15. 15. YOU CAN SET BOUNDARIES YOU CAN SET EXPECTATIONS
  16. 16. Text .. YOU ARE A WARRIOR SLAYING IMPOSTOR SYNDROME YOU ARE A WARRIOR SLAYING IMPOSTOR SYNDROME YOU ARE A WARRIOR SLAYING IMPOSTOR SYNDROME
  17. 17. CODE OF CONDUCT
  18. 18. Alcohol and Inclusivity
  19. 19. Solutions Consider a party that’s not in a bar Drink list with equal alcoholic + non alcoholic Advertise that event will have delicious alcohol + delicious non alcohol Simply having ‘Coke’ doesn’t cut it! Water clearly visible Treat caffeine similarly - have other options
  20. 20. EVENT PAGE WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE WHEN TO SHOW UP FULL SCHEDULE HOW TO PREPARE
  21. 21. NAME BADGES
  22. 22. Re-energizing stagnant events
  23. 23. one day conferences parties user groups enormous conference contributor events
  24. 24. Finding speakers
  25. 25. Finding speakers
  26. 26. Finding speakers
  27. 27. Repeat Improve Scale
  28. 28. planning on-site problem solving
  29. 29. Document everything Document Everything
  30. 30. Plan with the ability to hand it off Create permanent resources Record on-site details
  31. 31. FEEDBACK
  32. 32. one day conferences parties user groups enormous conference contributor events
  33. 33. Set expectations - and make them clear to attendees Build your event with clear purpose that you can improve on Document everything so you can repeat, improve, and scale
  34. 34. kara@puppetlabs.com @feynudibranch
  35. 35. heyyy!! Many wonderful people made this talk possible! A few specific ones - thank you! Puppet Labs - for sending me here Dawn Foster - for encouraging me to speak Briana de Jong - for all you’ve taught me about events Carina Zone - for support at events as I’ve started speaking Connie Berardi - for helpful insights on events wch I incorporated Mike Stahnke - for showing me that handwritten slides are totally ok People at the Community Leadership Summit - for helpful insights I used Meg Hartley, Sherri Dover, John Smith, and Aria Joughin - For invaluable feedback on an early version of this talk <3

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