we want the audience to talk more…?

I am here at day 2 of VloggerCon. (I wrote about day 1 over on identity woman). They opened the day sharing from the stage they ‘really wanted the audience to talk more and to participate‘. I hearing this spontaneously yelled out – “change the format“. This comment was just ignored (what are you going to do with a comment like that – spontaneously change to open space? – I guess not). I hope that next Vloggercon will be in a bigger venue like the Computer History Museum and using Open Space methodology.

They went on to encourage us all to network with one another find the resources we need. It highlights again how much ambient people findability could be improved for conferences. Today is the ‘advanced day’ but yesterday had – “advanced Finalcut pro and iMovie” and today has Node101 for basic skills.

Ambient People Findability…from my post on Meet space technology improvement for etech and other ‘traditional’ conferences

Help me find the people in this stack of 1,300+ folks that I want to meet and talk to. Who has identity problems that I can help people find the resources in our community? Who is working on socially good tech stuff that would love to know about Planetwork? Can applications like attendr and Hallway help? Can we get investment in these open source tools – if you want you can use the something like $10,000 + $10 a head intronetworks (that I get to use it for PCForum.) That is not accessible.

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3 Responses to we want the audience to talk more…?

  1. I am not sure how the ‘high price’ tag gets associated with us so much – maybe the percived value is so great that people assume we are expensive. Nope. An introNetwork costs 5K to setup, host, be supported and ANYTHING else the client needs us to do to make it successful. That licensing fee is supplemented with a $1 per person charge. That is less than a cheap cuppa coffee.

    Typically our clients get sponsors to underwrite the entire site, or turn on the ad engine and sell ads, so notonly does it pay for itself, it can generate much needed revenue for small conferences.

    We do a lot of established conferences and think that we are ideal for unconferences.

    give us a ring.

    mark sylvester
    ceo – co-founder

  2. BayTaper says:

    This is an ingenious idea. I was at vLoggercon yesterday thinking some of these thoughts, “how do I meet the best people to network with over such a short period of time?” I still had a great and inpiring time at the event though, and I feel lucky it was held in my native city.

  3. jay dedman says:

    good point. As one of the organizers of Vloggercon, I guess nothing can be perfect….

    It’s all what your definition of “basic” and “advanced”. For us, “basic” meant people who just videoblogged: wanting to learn how to edit better, etc.

    “advanced” meant people wanting to go beyond just making a videoblog. ie teaching how to videoblog using Node101 resources, learning how to get involved with Network Neutrality in reference to videoblogging, IP issues.

    I think “unconference” is such a generic word.
    we are videobloggers and I believe our conference worked for videobloggers. Im not sure if there’s a perfect format that works for any subject…then you lose the cool needs that each individual community has.

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