I’ve organized several conferences, as many of you already know. And these are the things that the tarugoconf executes way better than the rest (basically the things I want to copy):
- Promoting the sponsors. Although I think it can improve, even more, the #tarugo3 promotes the sponsors more and better than the rest of the conferences. In this edition, giving sponsors collectible card game envelops was genius. Or cakes and cookies with the logos. Great ideas.
- Talk quality: All that vetting shows. This year all the talks were top-notch. Good work reviewing :) I think that this one it’s hard to replicate, it’s not the same requesting the slides 1 month in advance if you are David Bonilla or Javier Gamarra.
- Crazy, outlandish, things. Basically innovating. Some are really good: seeing WarGames, challenges to donate money to charity and do networking or the card game this year were AWESOME. Others, not so much (like last year conference badge).
- Good starting presentation. The first “talk” by David Bonilla is always a show, nothing compared with the disorganized mess usually found in other conferences.
- Tight-knit community. Or the feeling of belonging to an exclusive club. This has several drawbacks but the experience of going to a conference where you know everybody is interesting.
- Good food. This set it apart from many, many, conferences.
PD: another, not so technical, topic :( :P