How not to_plan_a_ruby_conference

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How not to_plan_a_ruby_conference

  1. 1. How * not* to Organize a Ruby Conference Marc Heiligers @marcheiligers
  2. 2. How Hard Can It Be?
  3. 3. January 2010, Chicago
  4. 4. Erm, well. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
  5. 5. Decision <ul><li>1 September 2010 registered domain
  6. 6. Set up Mad Mimi account and form </li></ul>
  7. 7. And then... <ul><li>...Tina resigns
  8. 8. ...wants to move
  9. 9. ...to Port Elizabeth
  10. 10. Sell one house (renovations)
  11. 11. To buy another (paperwork) </li></ul>1000 kilometers later
  12. 12. Meanwhile... <ul><li>...Mad Mimi grows
  13. 13. ...and building v2
  14. 14. Scaling
  15. 15. Optimizations
  16. 16. Late nights </li></ul>
  17. 17. Meanwhile... <ul><li>...Mad Mimi grows
  18. 18. ...and grows some more
  19. 19. Scaling
  20. 20. Optimizations
  21. 21. Late nights </li></ul>
  22. 22. What went into Rubyfuza? <ul><li>Research
  23. 23. Organization
  24. 24. Website
  25. 25. And a giant Roller Coaster </li></ul>
  26. 26. Research
  27. 27. Research <ul><li>Make notes </li><ul><li>Evernote is awesome </li></ul><li>Excited
  28. 28. Make plans </li><ul><li>Lots and lots of plans </li></ul><li>See IMC17 </li><ul><li>Rio, Brazil </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Website
  30. 30. Website <ul><li>Using Mad Mimi </li><ul><li>Simple, Signups, newsletters later </li></ul><li>Building a Website </li><ul><li>Takes time, setup, admin, buggy </li></ul><li>Using PayPal </li><ul><li>Railscasts
  31. 31. FNB </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Organization
  33. 33. Organization <ul><li>Organizer </li><ul><li>African Stay </li></ul><li>Everything else </li><ul><li>Sponsorships,
  34. 34. Registrations,
  35. 35. Printing </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Roller Coaster
  37. 37. Roller Coaster <ul><li>MercuryApp
  38. 38. Disappointment and Despair
  39. 39. The Rush and Excitement
  40. 40. Worry and Panic </li></ul>
  41. 41. Success

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