[bsidesclt] Re: BSides planning

  • From: Jon Molesa <rjmolesa@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bsidesclt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:39:14 -0400

Our training room holds 50 comfortably. We have various other conference rooms 
that seat between 8-15 maybe. I think there are 3 or 4 conference rooms. 
However we decide to go, it's an option. If the space isn't suitable, Classic 
is willing to sponsor financially as well. 

-- 
Jon Molesa
rjmolesa@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


On Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM, Chris Teodorski wrote:

> I don't know what is "uniquely" Charlotte either -- I was hoping some
> of the long time residents could help me with that -- racing is really
> the only theme that seems to really run throughout the city. But like
> I said, having a workable venue trumps any desires I have for a
> "unique" venue.
> 
> Chris
> 
> 
> 
> 
> > Chris,
> > 
> > The company I work for is okay with BSides use of our meeting rooms and
> > guest areas. I contacted our landlord about their auditorium. They have
> > leased out the current one and construction, as well as pricing, won't be
> > available November. I'm not real sure what is uniquely Charlotte. I haven't
> > been here long enough to know. I will ask some of my colleagues what they
> > think would qualify. My company is willing to sponsor as well.
> > 
> > http://knowclassic.com
> > 
> > --
> > Jon Molesa
> > rjmolesa@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > On Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM, Chris Teodorski wrote:
> > 
> > Pong.
> > 
> > It's been quiet although Jon and I did a bit of discussing after
> > Hackers on a Boat.
> > 
> > He offered to investigate his office space as a location. It doesn't
> > fit in with my desire to have a uniquely "charlotte" venue, it does
> > however fit in with my realization that without a venue we can't go
> > much further. My understanding is that it's IBM's old campus,
> > somewhere in the north part of Charlotte.
> > 
> > Also, I sent an email to Zack Mayo to ask him if he would mind
> > discussing the posibillity of the Charlotte ISSA supporting the
> > effort, either financially or advertising to their membership, etc. I
> > have not heard from him....
> > 
> > That's my update....its slow going.
> > 
> > Chris
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM, Heather Pilkington
> > <h.pilkington@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 
> > ping
> > 
> > 
> > On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 10:14 AM, Chris Teodorski
> > <chris.teodorski@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > Heather,
> > 
> > 1. Righ
> > 
> > 2. Shmoo I assume will be that least weekend of Jan (25-27), so
> > potentially.
> > 
> > 3. I didn't get here till Feb, and coming from PA -- I wouldn't call
> > it winter, but I'll let the locals with more experience than me answer
> > that one.
> > 
> > 4. I assume the majority of the audience will be CLT locals, with a
> > few dedicated folks being willing to travel. That seems to be the
> > case with most local Bsides events.
> > 
> > 5. When we did BsidesPGH, we really struggled with the anchor speaker
> > from out of town vs local talent. I can argue both sides of that.
> > Last year Dave Kennedy spoke and Chris Nickerson was at the event
> > (coincidentally he was doing a pentest in Pittsburgh that week), but
> > he was as low key as he can be -- he was just an attendee.
> > 
> > 6. Honestly I don't have a sense of that -- we managed to pack 120ish
> > people into BsidesPGH. I assume we can do similar here. How many
> > folks show up for ISSA events? In Pittsburgh ISSA was a huge part of
> > our sponsorship and how we got word of the event out to the community.
> > 
> > 7. Again, BSidesPGH, we had 2 rooms -- the speaker and the chill out
> > area (which was outside). What they found to be very successful at
> > BSidesPGH was to allow long social breaks between speakers -- they
> > found that with the time -- people actually talked to one another. I
> > know at least one person landed a job out of connections made there
> > this year.
> > 
> > So basically, my feeling is this -- we decide on the type of venue
> > (local flair, brew pub, teepee, men's restroom) we want and then we
> > start looking to see what is available.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM, Hpilking <h.pilkington@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 
> > Bsides Chicago was also in a bar, fwiw, the bar scene is popular. What
> > reasons can you think of that a bar wouldn't be preferable because it's a
> > bar?
> > 
> > But, is pursuit of local flavor putting the cart before the horse?
> > Shouldn't we have some way of screening the venues before deciding?
> > 
> > Questions I had (and I know not all of these have answers, necessarily,
> > but some definitely impact venue)
> > 
> > 1) You don't want to schedule this in parallel with another event to
> > boost attendance, right?
> > 
> > 2) Is Shmoocon a conflict with this date range?
> > 
> > 3) Is weather a concern? (availability of venue, accessibility of venue)
> > - I didn't make it through a winter in CLT so I don't know what to expect.
> > 
> > 4) Who is the target audience? CLT locals, NC/SC regionals only, or
> > other? How will you reach them?
> > 
> > 5) Is the timing/locale attractive to that target? What is going to make
> > people want to come? What about having a couple of anchor speakers/trainers
> > (if you want to go that route) first?
> > 
> > 6) How many people do you plan on having (venue sizing)
> > 
> > 7) How many rooms do you need? (Bsides Chicago had one room with a
> > downstairs bar and an outside patio. They split their room into four spaces
> > using scrims. One room was for staff/speakers, one for chill out/lockpick
> > village, one for the main track, and one for classes. It was freezing
> > outside and sucked completely to stand out there. But, it was so loud
> > inside, it was nearly impossible to have a conversation. There was so much
> > sound bleed from the speaking track and the teaching track that dueling
> > microphones happened. The venue had stationary speakers that couldn't be
> > moved to fix it. Thotcon and BsidesLV also had this problem. Except they had
> > multiple rooms. But you had to walk through the main speaker track to get to
> > any of the other rooms, and it was large enough that people stopped to talk,
> > drowning out the speakers.) I would recommend there be room for people to
> > socialize separately from people who want to present, GSO was a small
> > Bsides, but it was less social than some other events b/c people were mostly
> > politely quiet during presos (it was also hard to hear and impossible to see
> > from the back of the room).
> > 
> > 8) What kinds of accommodations can they provide? Do they have screens,
> > speakers, mics, power, wireless...
> > 
> 
> 
> 


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