[Openstack-operators] Scaling the Ops Meetup

Jesse Keating jlk at bluebox.net
Tue Jun 30 18:06:32 UTC 2015

RE Evening event: I agree it was pretty crowded. Perhaps just a list of
area venues for various activities and a sign up board somewhere. Let it
happen organically, and everybody is on their own for paying for whatever
they do. That way those that may not be into the bar scene don't feel left
out because everybody else went and got drink/food. Lets eliminate the
social pressure to put everybody into the same social event.

- jlk

On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:46 AM, Matt Fischer <matt at mattfischer.com> wrote:

> My votes line up with Dave's and Joe's pretty much.
> I think that vendor booth's are a bad idea as well.
> As for registration, I think having a fee that covers the meals/coffee is
> fair. This is not a typical walk in off the street meeting. I don't think
> many companies would balk at an extra $100-$200 fee for registration.
> Especially if you're already paying for travel like 99% of us will be
> doing. I'm also +1 canceling the evening event to cut costs, it was
> overcrowded last time and with 300 people will be unmanageable.
> Tom, What is the actual per-head price range for meals?
> On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 11:36 AM, Joe Topjian <joe at topjian.net> wrote:
>> -1 on paid registration, I think we need to be mindful of the smaller
>>> openstack deployers, their voice is an important one, and their access to
>>> the larger operations teams is invaluable to them.  I like the idea of
>>> local teams showing up because it's in the neighborhood and they don't need
>>> to hassle their budgeting managers too much for travel approval /
>>> expenses.  This is more accessible currently than the summits for many
>>> operators.  Let's keep it that way.
>> I understand your point.
>> IMO, the Ops mid-cycle meetup is a little different than a normal local
>> meetup you'll find at meetup.com. It's a multi-day event that includes
>> meals and an evening event. Being able to attend for free, while a great
>> goal, may not be practical. I would not imagine that the fee would be as
>> much as a Summit ticket, nor even broken down to the daily cost of a Summit
>> ticket. I see it as something that would go toward the cost of food and
>> such.
>> The OpenStack foundation does a lot to ensure that people who are unable
>> to pay registration fees are still able to attend summits. The same
>> courtesy could be extended here as well. As an example, David M has
>> mentioned that TWC may help (I understand that may not be official, just
>> used as an example of how others may be willing to help with that area).
>> Joe
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