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Conferences - Are Smaller Better?

Bandman (86149) writes | more than 3 years ago

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Bandman writes "Tom Limoncelli, author of 'The Practice of System and Network Administration', discusses how difficult it is for geeks to build real-life communities if you live outside of a couple high-density tech-oriented areas.

The solution he has in mind are regional conferences devoted to specific topics. He's going to be speaking at the NJ-based PICC'11, but even long-running events like PAX started as a small conference meant to build community.

Having a small group of organizers dedicated to building a local community seems to be more economical for everyone involved, and leads to events where everyone can take a bigger part in the process."

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Regional is the way to go in this economy (1)

CoachJohn (1740828) | more than 3 years ago | (#35733724)

With the high cost of travel regional conferences make sense. You slice a big chunk of the cost of attendance.by reducing the travel cost.

Re:Regional is the way to go in this economy (1)

njmike (902521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737300)

I like PICC in particular because of its small size and because the venue and surrounding merchants are far less expensive than the "big" ones that run in places like Las Vegas where a burger (no cheese!) costs $20. And they have cookies.
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