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MountainWest RubyConf 2016

This presentation, by Kerri Miller, Jeremy Flores, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0

Ok, so, if nothing else, we’ve got one thing in common. We like conferences. The two of us like ‘em so much that we recently spent a large chunk of time and money organizing and hosting one, and are planning at least one more for next year, too. Ask us about it! We’re here to spill the beans on what it takes to make these things happen. We’ll do our damndest to tell you everything you need to know to get your own conference off the ground. We’ll cover topics like: How many people do you need? To attend? To organize? Where’s the money come from? How do you get sponsors? How do you run a CFP? What are the easy wins and hard losses? For what services do you pay versus those you seek for free? How do you protect yourself and your fellow organizers? Who buys the beer? Whether you’re planning a multi-day conference, a monthly meetup, or just a one-time get-together for your office, we’ll give you a handy list of DOs and DONTs, based on our own experiences and those of others in the community event game. Like Kerri’s Gramma once said, “If you want to go to a party, sometimes you have to throw it yourself.”

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