On Sep 9, 2008, at 07:05, Jarkko Laine wrote:
> Hey CJ,Thanks for helping out Jarkko!
> And thanks for getting the ball rolling! I've been thinking about a
> Here are a couple of ideas I've gathered during lots and lots of km's
> * Circulate the venue. We have four countries really close to eachI think this is an excellent idea. I for one would appreciate the
> other, with good (and inexpensive) flight connections to everywhere,
> so while I think Göteborg is an excellent place to start, I don't
> think being geologically in the middle of the region has a lot of
> value. A flight to everywhere in Scandinavia takes max. about an hour
> anyway. I think having both a central organizing group (á la Ruby
> Central) to handle the recurring things and a local organizer like
> Göteborg and Tampere Ruby User Groups taking care of the yearly event
> would help to keep the conference fresh and make everyone feel they
> have a stake in the event.
opportunity to see more of the nordic countries. I've never been to
Finland for example. But I think Göteborg is a good start.
> * Maybe Ruby rather than just Rails. Not meaning to bash Rails at allI've thought about that, but my reasoning is this: Rails is a bigger
> here, but what I want to get from events like this is inspiration, and
> that would be easier if the topic would be a bit broader (even
> embracing other talk topics such as functional programming/erlang
"brand" than Ruby right now I think, and attaching the name of the
conference to that will probably help get enough attendees. That
doesn't mean that the content has to be Rails specific. I'd prefer it
if we have more general content that would appeal to Rails programmers.
What do you guys think? We could still change to Nordic Ruby if people
> * Euruko 2009 will be "in the first quarter" of the year, so maybeThanks, I'll look into that.
> coordinate with them so that the two won't clash.
> * I'm all for intimate and small, rather than very commercial and big.I definitely agree. From what I heard from the Scotland on Rails guys,
> I think both the original RubyConf and Euruko are great examples of
> conferences where the admission isn't a hurdle for anyone (I think
> Euruko was €20 last year). I'd like the conference be something that
> the attendees feel belongs to them, the community, rather than some
> commercial entity. That doesn't of course mean we shouldn't have
> sponsors (you can't really keep the price that low without them), but
> that the conference doesn't feel like a money-making machine for
> anyone. I think that's the requirement for getting the Ruby Central
> regional conference grant as well.
organizing a regional conference is a really bad money-making scheme
from the time you put into it. So I appreciate all the help I can
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