Well, now that DCampSouth has come and gone, and I’ve had some time to think back over the experience, I wanted to share some thoughts and lessons learned in organizing the event. Overall, I think the event went off very well, and I’d love to do it again next year.
- Pizza is cheap — Pizza may not be everyone’s favorite lunch food, but it’s cheaper than boxed lunches and we were able to order the day of the event, which means we knew exactly how many pizzas we would need.
- Find co-organizers — This may seem obvious, but I found myself thinking that co-ordinating with other people would be more of a hassle than doing everything myself. Those are the thoughts of a crazy person.
- Design something — DCamp is supposed to be about design, so why not design something? We held a min interactionary at the end of the day and it was (1) a lot of fun, and (2) a nice way to put some of the discussion of the day in to practice.
Of course, not everything went smoothly.
- Snacks — We didn’t need any. Order a bit extra breakfast and lunch and you should be good for snacks, at least with the size crowd we had (~45 people).
- Wifi — I’m almost glad that we didn’t have wifi, since it removed a distraction during the sessions. However, a LOT of people were asking about it.