[openbeos] Re: Waltercon 07

  • From: Thom Holwerda <slakje@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 12:03:14 +0200

What about contacting a university somewhere in Europe? They have the infrastructure in place, they have enough classrooms with beamers and audio equipment and all that, while also having restaurants with affordable prices. I'd assume they'd be willing to help with something like this.

Of course this does not solve the where-to-sleep problem.

Thom Holwerda

On Apr 25, 2007, at 11:39 AM, Cian Duffy wrote:

On 25/04/07, Stephan Assmus <superstippi@xxxxxx> wrote:

On 2007-04-25 at 10:49:46 [+0200], Simon Taylor <simontaylor1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Probably the biggest thing in the way is organisation - wouldn't
> want to burden any of the developers with that task - but there is no-one
> in Europe similar to mphipps or koki-before-he-left.

The BeGeistert team provides for a lot of infra structure like power cords, network hubs etc, they handle registration and manage the event on site. But the actual organization of the event in terms of booking a place isn't _that_ much work. The bigger problem is that for such a large group, places like the hostel I booked for BeGeistert one year ago will not be available anymore. You have to book several months in advance to get the conference rooms, and there are not many hostels large enough. I have no clue about
alternatives to youth hostels, but I would assume there are some.

The alternative to a youth hostel is a hotel - at least here in Ireland it is. Virtually all hotels have large function rooms or conference centres with power and internet for attendees computers, and will bargain deals for rooms and food at reduced rates for attendees. On the less-combined level, many large bars have function rooms, but they're unlikely to have internet.

Assuming an Autumn date, organising a "Waltercon Europe" in Ireland wouldn't be that difficult or necessarily too expensive. I'm sure other countries are the same.


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