August 29, 2003

Evalutaing Conferences

Seb's Open Research

Conferences: analyzing bang for the buck
Computer science researcher Werner Vogels cooked up an interesting way to put a value to a conference.

I think there are a number of criteria to consider when selecting a conference:
Innovation - will you hear new stuff that may challenge you
Technical - will you learn about techniques/technologies you will use
Political - will you get a better of view at the strategic level
Networking - will you hook up with (new) people
Career - will this conference help you to advance your professional goals
Entertainment - Will you be able to have some fun
Location - if the conference sucks can you go somewhere else
From there, he assigns numerical values and computes ratios to rate a number of geeky conferences. As it turns out, Chris Pirillo's Gnomedex comes out on top. Now how would you rate the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Werner?

Apologies for copying this in total but I felt it needed to be viewed in full.

I'm not sure I could apply this to ECTS :)

Posted by Paul Goodison at August 29, 2003 09:25 PM | TrackBack

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