Re: [blug-non-tech] When is Linux Banglore / 2003 ? And a few suggestions as well.
--- Balaji <balaji@...> wrote:
>Discussions for LB/2003 is now on the LB/2003 mailing
> how come this is not mentioned at
list. So let us keep the discussions there.
I have a few suggestions as well as a Volunteer for
last year's event:
1. All Managers/Volunteers need to be given a
wireless radio handset. It comes in handy when we
need to communicate to one another. If any of the
Managers/Volunteers are carrying mobile phones, then
that would come in handy as well.
2. A Public address system is definitely the need of
the hour. Apart from periodic announcements like
talks in progress and upcoming talks, a spot pop-quiz
with the delegates visiting our stalls and giving away
prizes for the correctly answered questions on the
spot or something would add fun to the entire event.
Of course the P.A. system would also be used to page
for a Volunteer/Manager if no response is received
from the wireless radio/mobile. The P.A. system need
not be connected to the halls which would disturb the
progress of the talk. If an announcement has to be
made in the hall, the runtime volunteers would have to
go to the various halls and hand over the announcement
on a piece of paper to the respective hall marshall.
3. An information desk would also be handy. I
remember seeing one outside the entrance of the main
Auditorium. The Info Desk can be approached by
delegates if they need any help/info something like a
"May I Help You" kind of a desk.
4. Print-outs of the finalised list of talks is
definitely another need. These print outs can be
given as a part of the delegate kit. If there is any
change like last year where Raj Mathur had to drop out
at the last minute, then such changes can be announced
on the P.A. system or by the hall marshalls. Changes
in talk schedules can also be put up on the various
notice boards. A huge cut-out of the talk schedule in
various corners would be helpful.
5. When we receive delegate registrations, then we
must issue delegate badges to them accordingly as to
whether they have come to attend /dev, /usr, /cxo,
/adm tracks. In this way we can ensure that the
delegates attend those talks only for which they have
But then there is another downside to it. As our
event motto suggests "Technology for a Free World", we
cannot tell a developer not to attend a /adm talk or a
sys admin from attending a /dev talk. Such a thing
would negate the very reason of our organising this
event. Anyway, its just a thought. I don't think its
a good idea.
6. The food stalls need to be organised well. Last
year on the first day, we had a serpentine queue for
the food. Even though it came under control from the
2nd day. I feel it needs to be controlled from day 1
itself. And preferably the quantity of the food needs
to be ensured to be more for everyone. I received a
complaint last year that food was over on the first
day and the delegate was requesting for a refund !
7. Last, but most certainly not the least, some
volunteers need to come out and wear a TUX costume and
run around the venue to add some more fun. Mahendra
even suggested that either Biju, Atul or myself could
fit into this role. But most definitely not me.
Don't know about Atul and Biju. This is of course a
far fetched suggestion. But if needed, it can be kept
in mind as well.
Well, these were some suggestions. Let me think of
some more. Time is very short. We are already into
May and we may have the event in December. Let us all
start planning towards the event. If we can draw up a
list of Managers and Volunteers, we can plan
everything. I was a volunteer last year.
> --Nice siggy.
> I am not miles away but a mail away.
> balaji at irtt dot org
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