[@OKau] All day event May (Sydney) feedback sought

Steve Bennett stevage at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 23:04:54 UTC 2015

Hi Rosie,
  You get a different mix either way:

More likely to come on a weekday: un(der)employed, free lancers, students,
people who see it as closely aligned with their job (or an opportunity to
skive off from), people with kids
More likely to come on a weekend: 9-5 coders, people who see it as outside
their job
Will come regardless: people passionate about, and working within, the topic


On Sun, Apr 5, 2015 at 5:51 AM, Rosie Williams <budgetaus at hotmail.com>

> Hi all,
> I'd really like some feedback from potential attendees about whether it
> makes a difference whether the event at the end of May is on a weekday or a
> Saturday? I'm trying to sort a venue and I need to know how much of a
> difference it makes to people.
> I am not planning an 'unconference' as such although it will be
> participant lead and it will not be overly structured. I would like the
> focus to be on inequality within Australia and there is scope for global
> inequality but that will depend on interest.
> The event I'm envisioning will have presentations from topic experts in
> the morning and then informal hacking/planning for the remainder of the day
> with input/feedback from the topic experts.
> I have contacts with people working in the areas of health inequality,
> welfare, disability and related professions and I will be inviting them to
> give short presentations on their area of interest on what data is
> available for use and what problems they would like to see addressed with
> it. I'll be contributing another article to Croakey (health blog for
> Crikey.com) calling for participants. These people are fairly tech savvy
> but as yet there has been no overlap between these communities and the open
> data community (other than my collaboration with them).
> I am aiming for 60 participants with at least 30 hackers which leaves
> plenty of room for topic experts and others.
> The idea is not so much on trying to force people to finish projects
> within a day but on setting up ongoing projects where people can work
> together over time through the ongoing meetups that I hope to set up in the
> wake of this initial event. I assume the topic experts would be keen to
> remain involved as these projects develop and I think that is an important
> aspect of what I am aiming to achieve - collaborative projects that bring
> diverse skill sets together rather than projects that are solely designed
> and produced by programmers alone.
> I need to settle on a date and venue so need to know if people would be
> able to attend such an event on a weekday or weekend or if it makes little
> difference in terms of your availability.
> thanks in advance,
> Rosie Williams BA (Sociology)
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