[internetworkers] tech circus -- reviews?
Michael Winslow Czeiszperger
michael at czeiszperger.org
Sat Sep 28 22:28:28 EDT 2002
On Saturday, September 28, 2002, at 06:39 PM, Linda Watson wrote:
> Did anybody go? Could it possibly be worth $20 for just the last day?
Its impossible to say how much you value $20 :-) I was able to walk
through and see everything in about 40 minutes on Friday afternoon, and
ended up getting my money back for the unused bag of peanuts. The heat
on Friday was terrible, since the event isn't air conditioned but the
weather was better on Saturday, so you never know. There were some
mildly interesting things on the schedule, but not compelling enough
for me personally to either pay for or attend. Do you really want to
pay an extra $16 to hear a single lecture on PDAs, or see a vendor
The event had some bright spots like the local robotics group
demonstrations and the LAN gaming, but overall it was pretty amateurish.
On the other hand, the descriptions of the "experiences" on the web
site looked interesting-- its just there didn't seem to be anything
happening when I was there on Friday. If you really want to go, see if
you can find out if there's a talk you'd be interested in seeing before
going, and bring your own food if you're going to be there at lunchtime.
Here's a glossary of terms that might help:
Experience - Circus speak for presentation that costs money. A typical
vendor presentation is an extra $12-$16
Attractions - Events that don't cost money.
Peanuts - Tickets, $4 a pop. Theatre - Group of chairs
Here's some humble suggestions for the next time:
1. Train the workers. I went to the Maya "theatre" and the workers
there couldn't tell me what Maya was. The response was "I think its
software". I had to boot up my laptop and use the wireless network to
find out. It was hard to pick up my tickets since I purchased them
2. Give out a schedule and map at the door so the customers can find
their way around. The schedule should include not only times, but a
couple of paragraph descriptions of the events, short speaker bios, and
3. Put up signs on each venue so that the customers can tell where they
are. The signs should be large enough to see across the room, and
mounted higher than 6 feet high so they can be seen even if there's a
crowd around it.
4. CLIMATE CONTROL
5. Provide food
michael at czeiszperger dot org
Chapel Hill, NC
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