Organizing Technical Conferences
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I've been attending technical conferences for years, and I've always wondered about the hidden challenges involved in putting a conference together. In this show, four of the best conference organizers I know join me to share their secrets and stories. Marty Haught, organizer of many conferences including RubyConf and RailsConf, Jen Remsik and Jim Remsik, who organize the Madison+ family of conferences, and Leah Silber, who organizes EmberConf and RustConf. Learn about budgets, picking talks, and managing facilities and vendors.
- Marty Haught: President at Haught Codeworks, Director at Ruby Central organizing RailsConf and RubyConf
- Jen Remsik: Director of People Operations at Adorable.io, Organizer of Madison Ruby
- Jim Remsik: President of Adorable.io, Organizer of Madison Ruby.
- Leah Silber: CEO at Tilde Inc.. EmberConf, RustConf, and RailsConf Organizer. Author of Event Driven: How to Run Memorable Tech Conferences.
03:12 - Getting Things Right and Having Empathy for Attendees
11:16 - Budgetary Aspects
14:53 - Planning Conferences in Other Cities
18:22 - Putting the Program Together and Selection Processes
29:25 - Crafting a Conference Proposal
31:12 - Encouraging and Enabling Attendee Interaction
40:03 - Conference Mentorship
41:26 - Words of Advice