On the 3.5 hour drive from Greenville to Chattanooga we listened to Gonzo Marketing which talks a lot about amateurism and dilettantes. Basically, it says that people who are not "professionals" or "experts" work for the joy of learning something new rather than honing what they already know. So far it seems as though the folks behind this conference are doing it for the first time. The only problem is that it doesn't appear they're doing it for the delight of the new experience. I find myself wishing a more experienced and energized team was holding this conference.
The printed brochures, audio/video/lighting and other material is top-notch, but I think cre824 needs a few more organizers and more event/workshop options. I guess I'll learn more about how a conference is executed when we participate in InnoVenture 2006 next March.
I'm definitely not a professional conference organizer or even a seasoned conference attendee, but I have a couple suggestions for the next go-round.
Looks like the current workshop is about to conclude and my stomach is rumbling. Now I just need to find a place to eat. Man I wish there was a buffet here.
Last several presenters were fantastic. Keynote, Joshua Davis, was awesome. At least makes it worth the trip. I still believe this whole conference could have been condensed into one quality day.
We briefly met the organizers of the conference at Tubatomic (flash req.). They seemed really cool and even gave us some shirts and a poster. Unfortunately, the awards party coincided with the Clemson v. USC game and we had a very difficult decision to make. After watching the first half of the game, we made the decision to finish the game instead of going to the party.