One Minute Madness
I hear this is done very successfully at other conferences.
The basic idea is a speed show and tell with a moderator and a timer. Limit the participants to 100, have them sign up in advance of the festival and submit their slides by a deadline – slides are compiled into one slidedeck beforehand. They have one minute to present their slides and share their work. We think this should be at the start of the festival, and prominent, so that we get a quick glimpse into the Eyeo community before we dive into the festival together.
Eyeo Attendees Data
It would be really great if we could have some data on the festival participants, and ideally a way to connect beyond Eyeo. Perhaps there is a survey or a profile we can fill out before the festival, and then the data would be available for everyone to make visualizations on, or explore through the eyeo site. This could also be a way to start forming local eyeo groups that can continue to meet up throughout the year beyond the festival. Data would be voluntary, but include things like location, twitter, website, interests, recent project URL, etc.
Crowd-sourcing Conference Presentations
I've seen this done well at other conferences.
You set a time slot on one day to be composed of suggested conference topics – so anyone could submit a topic, and on the Eyeo site, we can vote on what would be most interesting. This allows for some flexibility beyond the curatorial aspect of the conference.
It would be great to have a way for locational-based groups to form and continue to come together distributed throughout the year. Either a simple web platform for forming groups, or simply just a directory based on location or a map with twitter names...