A 3-hour workshop co-taught by Kara Sowles and Francesca Krihely at OSCON 2015.
Conferences, meetups, and hackathons are part and parcel of the open source experience. Events, both online and offline, are some of the best ways to increase community engagement and share knowledge about technology. When planning an event, it’s important to see the trees (the tiny details) and the forest (the big picture). But when you are first getting started, it is often challenging to develop the framework, structure and goals that can make your events appealing, fun, and educational for your attendees.
In this hands-on tutorial, we’ll help you outline a process for creating your own tech-focused event. We’ll provide both online materials and paper alternatives that enable you to follow along with each step of the event planning process, and apply it to a real or theoretical event of your own. No need to already be planning something – you’re encouraged to approach this as an exercise, so you can take this tutorial with any theoretical tech event in mind!
This tutorial will cover:
Structure: Choosing the right types of events
Logistics: Keeping track of event details; co-planning events
Content: Finding and selecting speakers; content that people remember
Social: Positive after-parties; creating positive event environments
Diversity: Crafting an inclusive event; attracting diverse speakers
The Future: Making your event repeatable; documenting your experience
Included with this tutorial will be:
An online checklist to help you when planning your own events
An online resource with tips for planning, that you can keep for reference
Whether you’ve already planned some tech events, or you’ve never had the opportunity, you’re invited to hone your skills and build your confidence in this tutorial! You will walk away with actionable guidelines to use when planning your first user group, Hackathon, or tech conference.