Save the Date: Geek Moot 2010 is Coming
Posted: April 19, 2010 by Ted Kulp
Itâ€™s that time of year again. Geek Moot 2009 was a huge success, even if just on a small scale. We sold out, traded a lot of great info and stories, and had a great time. Because of that, weâ€™re doing it all over again, except weâ€™re making room for more of you. While we donâ€™t have all the details together yet, we have a location and a date. This year, weâ€™re going to descend on Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, around the weekend of 18 Sept, 2010. This, again, will be a two day conference, most likely on Saturday and Sunday. Furthermore, on Friday evening, weâ€™re going to try and put together a meet-and-greet type event at a local bar, which we assume most of the speakers will attend. Our goal this year is 150 attendees, so weâ€™re going to have to think a lot bigger this time around as far as facilities go. A new addition this year will be several paid workshops. These will either happen the day before or the day after the event. The idea is that we will give high quality training by experts at decent prices. Plus, for the trainers that decide to take part, it should cover the cost of the trip for them. If you host a workshop you will get a good piece of the proceeds, with a percentage going to pay for the facility and ticket sales fee. So, even though the details arenâ€™t totally sorted out yet, we wanted to get the message out that itâ€™s coming and to start planning. The last moot was Â£50 GBP, which basically covered the location and coffee. Though we have no details made yet, our best guess is that weâ€™re looking at â‚¬120 to â‚¬150 Euro this year, though this is totally dependent on the location and amenities. We want to keep it affordable, but make it a comfortable experience for everyone. If youâ€™re planning on coming and would like to give a presentation, start thinking about what youâ€™d like to do. Weâ€™ll start taking proposals when we give the official announcement and get the Geek Moot site up and running. Also, if youâ€™re an expert in a particular field of CMSMS usage and would like to teach others, weâ€™ll take workshop proposals as well when we get the site running. If youâ€™re a company and would like to sponsor the event, get your businessâ€™s name out there, and help a great cause to the CMSMS community, please contact Ted and weâ€™ll see what we can do to work that out. Thereâ€™s plenty of room for sponsorship this year, and there should be a large number of people that will see your involvement. Last but not least, if youâ€™re a native to Amsterdam, and have some suggestions for a bar, outing, event, or a large facility around the Leidseplein area, please contact Ted as well. We already have a great facility for the workshops (and possibly the meet-and-greet) in this area, and would like to center everything else around it if possible. Weâ€™re looking to make a formal announcement with all the details later this month, so stay tuned for that announcement.