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Timing / Room Setup

  • It might work better if the next camp is set up from 1-5 pm...followed by a happy hour or after party. This can prevent the loss of momentum and even bring more people in. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)
  • Given the attendance drop off after lunch and the high cost of lunch, I think it would be better to have future events occur from ~12:30pm - 5:30pm. Also, I think that having more than 4 rooms would have made the sessions more discussion-oriented and thus much more benefitial to every attendee/participant. (From Chris Hutchins



  • A few of us expressed a bit of reserve in using facebook to let everyone in our network know that we would be attending LaidOffCamp. There seemed to be a bit of a stigma in the word LaidOff...specially since a few were freelancers or were still employed. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)



  • There were also some suggestions on how to make the website more "user friendly". Information should be organized in a way that it's easier for the not too web savvy users to find the details of the camps. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)



  • The first comments reccomended that the first 2 rounds of sessions should be set up in advance in order to avoid a chaotic start. Chris mentioned that he thought about meeting with potential presenters the day before the event, but decided against it. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)
  • Since so many of the sessions were geared towards encouraging us to freelance, or decide to launch our own start up, it would be great to hear more about a future camp tailored to these themes. It also seems that is already taken. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)
  • It would be good to balance Basic Organization with Dynamic participation. Be clear with the "presenters / facilitators" that the format is to be dynamic, in order to tap the wisdom of the crowd instead of "power point presentations" and "Q & A".  (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)
  • The organizers should vet a little more the "presenters / facilitators" before hand. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)



  • The signage and way finding can be improved a little bit. Specially the schedule should be bigger, more visible and accessible to everyone present. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)
  • Word of mouth and the media coverage for sure will bring much more people to the next Bay Area LaidOffCamp. Be prepared for that. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)
  • How often to repeat this? The responses ranged from every quarter to everymonth...In the Bay Area, I think it can be every month if it's rotated between SF, East Bay and Silicon Valley. (From SF session "Future of LaidOffCamp)



Feel free to add suggestions and your own personal experiences, and many thanks to the organizers, volunteers and sponsors.




Comments (1)

Chief Visionary Officer said

at 3:19 pm on Mar 24, 2009

Typo "reccomended" - recommended

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