From our past experience of organizing FOSS conferences, we have created a tasklist for the people who are interested in organizing a conference.
|1.||Define event agenda||Day 0||-|
|2.||Estimate event size (no. of participants, speakers and volunteers)||Week 1||-|
|3.||Outline event structure||-||By Week 2|
|4.||Define volunteer roles||By Week 2|
|5.||Fix date, time and venue||Week 1||2 months before the event|
|6.||Design website and poster templates||Start from Week 1||By Week 2|
|7.||Estimate budget||-||By Week 2|
|8.||Decide ticket prices||-||By Week 2|
|9.||Define sponsorship tiers and create a sponsorship deck||-||By Week 2|
|10.||Release Call for Proposals(CFP) with a deadline||Keep the CFP open for 3-4 weeks||-|
|11.||Review speaker proposals, confirm speakers and close CFP||-||3-4 weeks before the event|
|12.||Finalize event schedule||-||2 weeks before the event|
|13.||Plan outreach||After the tickets sale are live||1 week before the event|
|14.||Get Community Partners||After the tickets sale are live||1 week before the event|
|15.||Find vendors for food and refreshments||-||2 weeks before the event|
|16.||Secure photography, videography and audio/visual team and equipment||2 weeks before the event|
|17.||Design and print tags and stationery||At least a week before the event||2 days before the event|
|18.||Design and procure goodies for volunteers and participants||2 weeks before the event||A week before the event|
|19.||Collect speaker presentations||Request them to submit the presentation once it’s finalized||A day before the event|
|20.||Assign roles and responsibilities to volunteers for the day of the conference||A day before the event||-|
|21.||Email event schedule and code of conduct to the participants||A day or two before the event||-|
We’re assuming you’re planning the conference 2 months prior
Min of 6 volunteers are required, alteast one for each of the following workgroups:
- Outreach: Social Media (SM) posting, engagement, getting reposting from different companies/people and reaching out to colleges
- Talks: Managing proposals, reviewing, finalising and coordinating with speakers
- Website management: schedule, webpages, sending emails or newsletters necessary
- Designer: Poster and SM card
- Logistics: Venue, Printing, Food, Videography/Photography
- Overall Manager: to overlook everything and coordinate among the teams
Type of Talks:
- Talks - 10/20 min
- Panel Discussion - 30/40 min
- Networking sessions
- Ice-breaking session
Things to remember:
- Create a checklist for volunteers to do
- Weekly meeting for volunteers
- Creating a community of participants (Telegram group) - for FAQs, meeting other participants, and announcements.
- Participants are supposed to follow the Code of Conduct.
- Students’ ticket prices are to be subsidised.
- Keep a minimum of 5 minutes of buffer time between two sessions.
- The food or any vendors might back off last minute. Talk to a backup vendor too.
- Some speakers generally go 10 mins or so overboard so keep 30 mins buffer time in the pre-lunch and post-lunch section so that lunchtime can stay on track.
- Participants may come in waves, so ensure that there are multiple registration desks set up.
For detailed guidelines, go through Conference Organizer Handbook.
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