Rust unconference idea


#1

Looking at various conferences I’ve attended, I’ve got an idea of doing something very different.
Small topic-focused collaborative groups rather than large event where one person talks and the rest is listening,
loosely organised workshops and small groups working or learning something together rather than large crowds
with no social ties. Also some remote location rather than large city to keep it quiet and low-cost.
I’ve been organising hikes in such places, so I know where to go and how to find suitable location.

Realistic date/cost/location would be autumn, cost of accommodation (very approximately) would be around £50-60 with self-catering, perhaps double that otherwise. Access via train from London.

Would there be any interest in that?


#2

There’s a couple of events of that style and eurucamp and RustFest incorporated a few of ideas from those. I’d immediately buy a ticket.

If you want help, (both with effort, but also with funding, etc.), please get in touch with the RustFest team. (team@rustfest.eu)


#3

I haven’t attended eurocamp. Rustfest did include some parts of that, my idea is to push it even further.
I’d use help, but not before I am sure there is enough interest in it.


#4

I really like the idea of an event in the UK this year, especially since Kiev is off-limits by my employer so no RustFest for me. It’s on a slightly different scale, but if it’s a self-catering affair or more remote, then there may be utility in looking at CCC’s camp event wiki for pointers.


#5

Interesting, what’s the issue there?


#6

Hi,

sorry for the late reply. I was pretty busy in the meantime.

There’s a bit more I have on that:

  1. I didn’t want to debate the exact nature of the event. I just wanted to say that we have people with experience on all parts of the scale from “let’s camp” to “fully organised stage” and can help with that. That’s no attempt to influence the nature of the event you have in mind, more excitement that that’s something we can help you with. It’s an offer, not a necessity.
  2. We can help by providing support, promotion and financials and have strong experience with budgeting and running such a thing.
  3. My experience is that attempts to gauge an audience for an event by posting somewhere is that it is not a really good gauge. Also, if you have a flexible plan where you can scale the event a little, it’s cool if the event doesn’t grow too big. Some of the best events I’ve been to had 15 people and a projector and that’s it.

So, I’d hope that clears a few things up.

I’m really teased by the idea and I think others are, too.


#7

I’d be up for this.


#8

Thank you for your clarification.

I just wanted to say that we have people with experience on all parts of the scale from “let’s camp” to “fully organised stage” and can help with that.

Good to know that. I am currently busy with preparing for RustFest and some other things I am participating in,
but I will certainly get back to working on this idea soon. I just want to have good plan and some supporters before I ask anyone for help. The burden of validating the idea should be on me.

My experience is that attempts to gauge an audience for an event by posting somewhere is that it is not a really good gauge.

Can you elaborate on that? Certainly having lot of people saying “I like it” could mean nothing (I’ve seen it often),
but it would be a good start - certainly better than silence. Perhaps I would need to come with exact date, location and detailed plan to get any feedback though.

Also, if you have a flexible plan where you can scale the event a little, it’s cool if the event doesn’t grow too big. Some of the best events I’ve been to had 15 people and a projector and that’s it.

I wouldn’t mind that - but I am not even there yet.


#9

Hi, sorry that I so unresponsive currently. I gather you are at RustFest, if you want to talk a little, please fetch me :).

(I wear a staff shirt, Florian Gilcher. Thin hair and a beard.)