I think I was at a science fiction convention once and they had guidelines on asking questions during the questions and answers part of a session. It had a list of things to consider such as: don't use your turn to comment rather than ask a question. I'd really love to find it again so that I can use it for other events, and also have session chairs know the guidelines so that they can encourage good q&a sessions.
posted by bleary
on Aug 6, 2014 -
I'm involved with an organization at my university that has funds for members to travel to events that are relevant to their interests or fields of study. I'd like to take advantage of this before I graduate in May. So, I'm looking for conferences/events/etc. that are occurring in the United States (no passport) during the month of April. The organization has a pretty large amount of funds left, so let's assume that cost is not an issue. (I mean, nothing crazy. Let's keep it under a few thousand).
My interests are many and varied. I'm majoring in geography, so I like maps. I like design, architecture, journalism, web stuff, arts, literature, history, and food. Seriously, I can get interested in anything. Ideally, this event would allow some flexibility so that I can explore whatever place it's in. [more inside]
posted by rensar
on Mar 3, 2014 -
I'm an iOS developer, and I'm trying to schedule and budget for technical conferences next year. I've been to WWDC a few times, and will likely try to get tickets again in 2014. I'll probably also attend a CocoaConf. Other than that, can anyone recommend iOS-related conferences or classes they've found valuable and fun. In the US or Canada is preferable, but Europe is not out of the question.
posted by pheide
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Suggestions for interesting space-related conferences taking place before end of 2013? [more inside]
posted by humannaire
on Sep 22, 2013 -
I run a small press that primarily publishes speculative literature, and I am also a writer. I'd like to plan the next several years' worth of writing conferences to attend so I can plan for vacation days from my day job, finances, etc. What cons do you love and why? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam
on Sep 4, 2013 -
Help me make the most of an upcoming tradeshow to network and plant seeds for future freelance projects. [more inside]
posted by trbrts
on Jul 10, 2013 -
I'd like some advice about creating a live website exercise for the audience at an industry conference. The exercise is about getting the audience to crowdsource highlights from the conference panels/speakers (this has the support of the conference organizers). [more inside]
posted by zresearch
on Oct 15, 2012 -
You are probably familiar with TED
, a fantastic collection of talks on a wide range of topics available online. What other, similar collections are there? [more inside]
posted by aeighty
on Aug 23, 2012 -
My first conference — help me make it the awesomest ever! My boss & I are going to Eyeo
, in Minneapolis, a week from Monday. I've never been to a professional conference before. I am super excited about the subject matter (data visualization, creative code, etc.) I am a somewhat experienced designer and a pretty new coder (though I do have a relevant project up on the web). I know nothing though about how do get the most out of this. Please advise!
posted by dame
on May 24, 2012 -
Making work conference calls work! Any free or cheap software, hardware to help make meetings with long distance clients easier and more efficient - Skype and Oovoo aren't working! Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl
on Apr 24, 2012 -
What IT/programming/technology type conferences should I try to go to this year (June 2012 - June 2013)? I have to come up with a list of 3 by Thursday for my manager! [more inside]
posted by The Supreme Dominar
on Apr 10, 2012 -
MeFi academics: imagine you're attending a conference. Describe the your dream conference web app/website. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Feb 14, 2012 -
What conferences should we (a crack team of Instructional Designers) attend? What conferences (tech, ed, design, etc) have you been to that knocked your socks off? [more inside]
posted by madred
on Aug 29, 2011 -
How do large companies decide where to hold meetings in a big city like NYC? There are hundreds of options if not more. Has anyone participated in this process and can you please shed some insight? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood
on May 16, 2011 -
I'm updating my Map of Awesome
- who else should be on there? Looking for performance artists, schools, companies, places, and other things that share characteristics of activism, creativity, and pure awesome. [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Aug 18, 2010 -
Teachermefi: I'm a middle school special ed teacher and my district wants to send me to this conference: Designing 21st Century Schools
. Does anyone have any experience with this organization? I hate taking time away from my class to doodle, but it's supported by Edutopia, George Lucas' educational foundation and seems possibly worthwhile.
posted by dzaz
on Mar 2, 2010 -
I am highly motivated to avoid the blahness of YANFCB (Yet Another Fucking Conference Badge.) Help me come up with COOL conference badges. Or something. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri
on Nov 22, 2009 -
What cool conferences have you been to? Last year for vacation, I went to the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual general meeting and WorldCon. I found out about SIGGRAPH too late to go. A cool conference is where there's plenty of new insight and ideas...oh yes and plenty of nifty loot/freebies! Suggestions for non-techie conferences welcome.
posted by storybored
on Sep 6, 2009 -
If you were writing a book/essay about the motivations of over-ambitious young people, where would you look for research? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Apr 4, 2008 -
What other conferences/events are out these like SXSW, Burning Man and TED? I'm looking for events that encompass popculture, technology, film and/or music.
posted by brokekid
on Jul 10, 2007 -
Five minutes ago, I heard about an interview that will take place tonight. Does anyone know anything about the firm IQPC, or the conference industry, that could help me get this job, and get to New York? [more inside]
posted by godawful
on Mar 31, 2006 -
Has anyone heard any tales about someone doing a conference or seminar, setting up their laptop, and having porn or something similarly embarrassing accidentally come up on the big screen? It's gotta have happened. I've tried searching Usenet but it's a tough cookie to do keywords for.
posted by zek
on Dec 19, 2005 -
In about a month I will return from one of the greatest experiences of my life - a multicultural travelling creative extravaganza.
Then what? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Nov 12, 2005 -
Is there some sort of rule-of-thumb for how many giveaways you bring to a conference based on number of attendees? [more inside]
posted by tristeza
on May 19, 2005 -
Conferences and trade shows.
What makes a booth at a trade show particularly compelling? Do schwag, trinkets, gewgaws, etc. do anything for you? What have been some of the more creative / innovative approaches you've seen to conference booths? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Alt F4
on Feb 16, 2005 -
For a web designer/developer, which conference would you recommend: SXSW Interactive or O'Reilly Emerging Technology? I have never been to either and have funding to go to one of them. My interests at work right now include corporate use of wikis blogs, and rss; content management,; and, of course, having a good time.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink
on Nov 11, 2004 -
I'm going to my first writer's conference
tomorrow! Does anyone have any tips on what I should do, particularly in tke Ask-A-Pro part, where I get 5 minutes one-on-one with an agent or publisher? [more inside]
posted by badstone
on Aug 27, 2004 -
My employer has given me the ability to take one business trip this year, to the convention of my choice, for knowledge gathering etc... I'm a web designer / developer. What conventions should I be looking at? I know about seybold / macworld, but I was looking for something more web-specific. Any suggestions?
posted by quibx
on May 4, 2004 -