[Geowanking] wherecamp 2009 space
anselm at gmail.com
Wed Feb 18 14:20:17 PST 2009
> Would it be possible to hold WhereCamp the weekend before Where 2.0? My
> thought it that Memorial Day weekend may be a problem for some people.
> Travel and hotel costs may be slightly higher and those with kids or loved
> ones with the day off may want to spend time with them.
It's a good question. And difficult to build a complete consensus over
it. In the interests of practicing democratic decision making let's
see what folks think. I built a small poll for this here:
> Also, are there space/accommodation requirements for where WhereCamp is
> held? I know at Google last year they feed us, gave us tents and cool
> places to hang out. Is all of that required by one sponsor or is there a
> possibility that those responsibilities could be divided among a few
> groups. Further expanding on this thought – perhaps NASA Ames could provide
> us with the space to meet but then some other group could sponsor food and
Yes there are a few space requirements that make it tricky:
1) Two full days basically ( Saturday and Sunday and late into the
evening Saturday - People routinely are up till 4 am ).
2) Several reasonably sized rooms for breakouts. Yahoo Campus was
excellent at this. Google Campus was also good but the one huge main
room tended to attract the most attention.
3) An ability to pitch tents both outdoors and or indoors if it gets
rainy. We've been lucky so far. Pitching tents is usually outside the
bounds of most venues.
4) WIFI, power and the like.
5) We also often bring in food sponsorship and the first year Ryan
got us a band - these all take room and require a corner. The Google
Campus was amazing at this.
6) Some kind of reasonable security; I'm not that worried about it
but it's one of those things - if laptops get stolen etc then people
will be sad.
7) Accessible. Both Yahoo and Google require driving for better or
worse. It's conceivable that NASA or other venues ( which we've made
no particular arrangements with yet at all!) could be easier to
Why not just go straight back to Yahoo or Google? That's the counsel
we've been given by most folks in the interest of reducing complexity.
We're just making sure to listen to choices however. We still have
time right now so we can afford to talk a little bit longer.
I can think of other criteria but this is just off the top of my head.
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