Well, do ya? (Want to go to a Zope conference)
In my last post I asked if people wanted a Zope conference. I’ve so far gotten 43 answers, which whould be enough to get a feeling for what the community wants.
Short answer: Yes, if there is a Zope conference, people would go. Only 7 of the 43 people answered “No” or “Don’t know”. The others would go to a Zope conference. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, though. I’m not the only one thinking there are too many conferences and sprints to go to already. And the support for more Zope at EuroPython is also strong. Only 9 out of 43 are likely to go to EuroPython this year, but 25 out of 43 were likely to go to EuroPython if there was a dedicated Zope track.
It’s probably too late for this year (or?) but a dedicated Zope track on EuroPython would be a cheaper option, especially on manpower. Organizing one bigger conference is much less work than two smaller ones.
I the survey I also didn’t discuss location, it can be expected that most people wanting to go to EuroPython are europeans, and the ones not likely to go to EuroPython but wanting to go to a Zope conference (10-15 persons) are probably from somewhere else, mostly the states.
I’m not sure what conclusions to draw from this. Feel free to brainstorm. I’ll start:
- Travelling globally takes time. It’s more efficient if there are local Zope/Plone symposiums that invite speakers from around the world.
- Many of the sprints automatically turn into spontaneous mini-conferences, where people demo and make little short talks. How about organizing a massive Zope sprint/unconference once a year, with five+ days of sprinting *and* talks. At the same time. The first day is scheduled with talks, but sprinting starts if you don’t want to see the talk, the rest of the sprint talks are spontaneous when desires arrive?
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