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If we build it ... will you come?

Auslug  March 1 2010 03:33:03 PM
There have been many comments over the years about the return to Australia of an event similar to "Lotus Fusion" from a few years ago.

While it's obvious that an event on the magnitude of Fusion may not be possible, both the Ireland and UK user groups have proven that successful community driven events can be staged locally.

Enter AusLUG 2010.

At this point we're just gathering ideas - and throwing some out there for comment.


A two/three day event offering multiple tracks with both subject matter experts and users presenting sessions.

Suggested Tracks:
  • Track 1: Administrator,
  • Track 2: Developer,
  • Track 3: Show and Tell/Notes can do that
  • Track 4: Break-out sessions/Birds of a feather

If the tracks seem familiar, you're correct - they're based on the tried and true Lotusphere formula.

Track 1 and 2 are self-explanatory.  

The idea behind Track 3 is to include content aimed at ITC Managers and Power Users which will provide a better understanding of the capabilities of the Lotus Suite from a user perspective.  

Track 4 would allow break-out sessions of like-minded groups to come together and discuss their experience.

Ultimately, the number of submissions we receive for content will drive the duration of the event.  Including the "Show and Tell/Notes can do that" track is aimed at broadening the potential audience beyond just Administrators and Developers.

Event Dates:

August/September 2010 - adjacent to a weekend, so that an extended stay at discount rates could be negotiated with the conference location.

Event Extra's:

Hosting a 'welcome party', conducting a 'gala' dinner, or even visiting a theme park (which would suggest the Gold Coast) are great additions to the conference experience, but they add significantly to the cost of staging the event.  If we were to include these features in the program, would you be more likely to attend, or even bring your partner to the event (especially if we were able to negotiate discount rates for accommodation as suggested above)?

Full Schedule:

If we were to include everything and were able to source enough content, this is how I would see AusLUG 2010 unfolding:
Time: Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
09:00 - 10:30 Opening Session Track Sessions Track Sessions
11:00 - 12:30 Track Sessions Track Sessions Track Sessions
1:30 - 3:00 Registration Track Sessions Track Sessions Closing Session
3:30 - 5:00 Registration Track Sessions Track Sessions
Evening Welcome Reception Theme Park Gala Dinner

Running such a schedule would allow for 10 sessions aimed at Administrators, Developers and Users.  I don't think it would be too hard to come up with at least 10 sessions given the experts we have available within the Australian community.

Questions for comment:

1.        If we build it ... will you come?
2.        Which venue would you suggest (eg: Queensland to escape the southern winter for a few days, or the Australian Alps to get in a couple of days skiing)?
3.        Do you have a topic that you would like to see on the schedule?
4.        Would you consider the 'social' evening events Essential/Nice to have/Not necessary?

Thanks, we look forward to your feedback!