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 Post subject: Save the Date: Geek Moot 2010 is Coming
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:42 pm 
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NOTE: Dates have been set (they're not the weekend).  Details are continuing to come in.  Find the details at http://geekmoot.com.


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It’s that time of year again. Geek Moot 2009 was a huge success, even if just on a small scale. We sold out, traded a lot of great info and stories, and had a great time. Because of that, we’re doing it all over again, except we’re making room for more of you.

While we don’t have all the details together yet, we have a location and a date. This year, we’re going to descend on Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, around the weekend of 18 Sept, 2010. This, again, will be a two day conference, most likely on Saturday and Sunday. Furthermore, on Friday evening, we’re going to try and put together a meet-and-greet type event at a local bar, which we assume most of the speakers will attend. Our goal this year is 150 attendees, so we’re going to have to think a lot bigger this time around as far as facilities go.

A new addition this year will be several paid workshops. These will either happen the day before or the day after the event. The idea is that we will give high quality training by experts at decent prices. Plus, for the trainers that decide to take part, it should cover the cost of the trip for them. If you host a workshop you will get a good piece of the proceeds, with a percentage going to pay for the facility and ticket sales fee.

So, even though the details aren’t totally sorted out yet, we wanted to get the message out that it’s coming and to start planning. The last moot was £50 GBP, which basically covered the location and coffee. Though we have no details made yet, our best guess is that we’re looking at €120 to €150 Euro this year, though this is totally dependent on the location and amenities. We want to keep it affordable, but make it a comfortable experience for everyone.

If you’re planning on coming and would like to give a presentation, start thinking about what you’d like to do. We’ll start taking proposals when we give the official announcement and get the Geek Moot site up and running. Also, if you’re an expert in a particular field of CMSMS usage and would like to teach others, we’ll take workshop proposals as well when we get the site running.

If you’re a company and would like to sponsor the event, get your business’s name out there, and help a great cause to the CMSMS community, please contact Ted and we’ll see what we can do to work that out. There’s plenty of room for sponsorship this year, and there should be a large number of people that will see your involvement.

Last but not least, if you’re a native to Amsterdam, and have some suggestions for a bar, outing, event, or a large facility around the Leidseplein area, please contact Ted as well. We already have a great facility for the workshops (and possibly the meet-and-greet) in this area, and would like to center everything else around it if possible.

We’re looking to make a formal announcement with all the details later this month, so stay tuned for that announcement.

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 Post subject: Re: Save the Date: Geek Moot 2010 is Coming
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:57 am 
I guess I'll repost my comment on the blog since here makes more sense for a discussion...

Out of interest, why host this over a weekend? I can understand if you believe you're mostly attracting bedroom programmers, but some of us work for regular 9 to 5 companies and this would very much be a work event rather than something we'd choose to do in our free time.


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 Post subject: Re: Save the Date: Geek Moot 2010 is Coming
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:10 pm 
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The extra paid "high-tec" sessions are planned on the weekdays before or after this weekend....  (If I understood correct)

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 Post subject: Re: Save the Date: Geek Moot 2010 is Coming
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:06 pm 
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It's still up for debate, to be honest.  It's tradition that it's been held over the weekend, just because of the people who were coming.  If it makes more sense to do it all during the week, I'm not opposed.  I just want whatever works for most of the people planning on attending.

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 Post subject: Re: Save the Date: Geek Moot 2010 is Coming
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:08 am 
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In the Netherlands we have something called the "Poldermodel" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polder_Model) In this tradition maybe it's an idea to have the Moot on a friday and saturday  8)

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 Post subject: Re: Save the Date: Geek Moot 2010 is Coming
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:51 am 
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Sophia, you might want to check the definitive dates.  15, 16 17 september are not in the weekend  :D

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