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needed more t-shirts for volunteers
- new system for assigning volunteers will be made by Patrick
- allow volunteering on registration
- allow self-assigning to slots
- allow specification of t-shirt sizes (with the caveat that it might be completely ignored)
- Using a larger font for the name would be very helpful.
- Shorter lanyards so the badge is at the chest - Cant read them dangling down by the stomach.
Stares at chest level are not always appreciated, DebConf offer a badge clip as an alternative to lanyards, which is probably the best solution. There are also enough badges for 2016 so can otherwise only be resolved in 2017.
- Why did we stop putting the IRC nicks on the badges?
- RESOLVED - IRC nicks were added to the system
- Would be neat to have stickers that attendee could put on for individuals to self-identify as volunteer, first-time GUADEC attendee, speaker, etc.
- A simple color code (ex: colored dot stickers that are often found in office supplies) could work
- Having the interns' lightning talks on the first day helped to put names to faces.
- Ending on the general lightning talks session was great - it felt informal and lighthearted.
- We allocated enough time for the AGM.
- The schedule felt relaxed, particularly the long lunch.
- The days didn't feel like they went on too long (possibly helped by the long lunch). Starting at 10:00 felt much nicer than 9:00.
- Having schedules end at 19:00 lead to no downtime until evening events. I never felt bored. (BoF days ending at 18:00 had that problem to an extend).
- Keynotes after lunch worked well - they were well attended.
- The venue's universal display output converter (all variants of HDMI, displayport, etc.) in the main hall was brilliant. We should have these in our event supplies.
More than usual talks from other communities (Meson, FreeIPA, LibreOffice, Rust), this felt great. Want more of this for next year (hearing from the guys maintaining GNOME 3 in FreeBSD would be great for example).
Things to think about for next year
- The lunch break was too early for some people.
- The talk slots were often too long (including the keynote sessions), although this wasn't universal - some ran to time or even overran. Should we cut down the time?
- More lightning talks?
- Three conference days feels a bit much. We could aim to have something like two conference days and three well attended BOFs days.
- Eating out was quite expensive. Specially dinner. We've done two expensive countries in a row, we should really consider something cheaper for next years.
- T-shirts design is too simple and small, hope next year the local team could make a better one.
- Registration at first day is too slow, wish we could use more quick way, such as using several phones to scan bar-code at the same time.
- It would be nice to open up the BoF days, particularly to new contributors. Ideas for this:
- Rename the BoF days to "hack days" or similar.
- Ensure that a general hacking room is advertised.
- Set up a noticeboard where people can advertise topics that they are interested in working on.
- We should encourage photographers to provide pictures for use on the web. It would be great if a request could be made at the start of the conference, for photographers to:
- Try and take general purpose, promotional pictures.
- Tag them so we can find them (using GUADEC keywords on G+, Flickr, etc).
- Upload them ASAP.
- License them in such a way that they can be reused.
- Missed the running Twitter feeds shown at the registration desk, etc. that we had in previous years.
- Videos were uploaded impressively quickly, great job!
- Maybe try to convince Jakub to bring one of his multi-rotors next year, so the group photo won't need to be taken through a closed window :P