Talk:Koha Conference Bidding

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Not sure it needs to be this complex yet. For the last 3 Kohacons only one place has volunteered, at the moment, the rule pretty much is Whoever is crazy enough to volunteer to host one, gets to host one. --Chris 17:28, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

I agree with Chris. I think we should let people volunteer to host and if we have more than one proposal we should discuss and vote. --Kfischer 17:35, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
+1 for chris proposal --Paul p 20:18, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
Code4Lib does a voting type thing before each conference where those who volunteer share info about their location and the benefits of one over the other. This would be great. --Nengard 12:13, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Agreed - the Code4Lib model is simple, lightweight, and has kept the cost to attend the conference low. --Galen Charlton 13:34, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Yep the code4lib model is fine, and if we ever get competing bids we could use it, but as the last 3 have only had one place and so far we only have one tentative for 2011, I dont think we need to do anything. --Chris 10:13, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

Since we are doing worldwide locations, the time of year has to change with each conference to avoid high travel rates and excessively bad weather. For example, I wouldn't want to invite people to Philadelphia in January or February for fear of a snow storm during the conference or France during the common vacation time (July/August) because the price to get there would be through the roof. Just something to keep in mind with your proposals. --Nengard 12:16, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

It is a good thing to watch travel and vacation times. Nengard is correct - That is why ALA is always in horrible places at horrible times - to fill travel options. DC in June/July REALLY! New Orleans HOT! But that is why because they can get the space for less and it is less expensive for hotel and travel. I want to also comment that it is a time commitment and it does take a good 12 months to put something this international together. KohaCon09 in Plano was more an international event - which at the time a newbie to Koha didn't realize what that meant. I just wanted a conference to bring everyone together in the same room so I could use my visual and tactile learning.

My only suggestion is that there be a venue - with internet access/wireless is great for the crowd as we are all very connected. And for those that can't make it handy as we still feel as though we are participating. Then also a hotel nearby that people can congregate and share etc... Having food nearby is a plus. Being able to run these without registration cost to attendees makes everything much more manageable for attendees as well. --dschust1 12:33, 19 November 2010(CST)