Finding the ideal Plone Conference location
This saturday, Karl Horak tried to find a good place for the Plone Conference, but by taking an weighted average of the location, he only found where the average Plone Conference is located. Which seems very cold and wet, and not ideal at all. I think his methodology can be improved on. The average place is not necessarily the ideal place.
If we look at where the conference has been located as an average of the attendance, we get this sort of graph for the the longitude:
attendance = 400 + latitude in degrees * 1.1
So, the more easterly, the better. Being just on the edge of the international date line would then yield the best results with 598 attendants, but it will be hard to find a good conference location there. Instead I recommend New Zealand. But as east becomes west as an arbitrary location, there is a small risk that the cutoff point is not the international dateline, and that New Zealand is on the “negative” side, and yield only 195 attendants, but I find that unlikely. If we want to be on the safe side, we do need to go gradually east and see. As we like nice weather in the Plone community, good locations would be Cairo (434 attendees), Mogadishu (450 attendees) or if you want to take a bigger risk, The Maldives with 480 attendees, or possibly 84, depending on where the cutoff is.
There is also a possibility that the function isn’t linear. It could for example be cubic, which would make the projected attendances wrong, but the conclusion should still be to go east, although the east cost of the US would work well too, with Florida in preference for weather. Or for that matter, Cuba.
Or it could be a cyclic function:
- Anchorage, Alaska, US (149W)
- Billings, Montana, US (108W)
- La Paz, Bolivia (68W)
- The Azores (28E-25E)
- Tripoli, Libya (12E)
- Tehran, Iran (51E)
- Lhasa, Tibet (91E)
- Vladivostok, Russia (131E)
- Christchurch, New Zealand (173E)
What we do see here is that no matter what the function is, New Zealand would be a good bet, and therefore the inevitable conclusion is that there should be no call for proposals, we just you tell Tim Knapp to do the Plone Conference. Remember: Correlation *is* causation.