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Re: DebConf 2 post-mortem

On Thu, 11 Jul 2002 06:36, Anthony Towns wrote:
> BTW, $1500 isn't even a shoestring budget for a conference, it's more
> like a second hand toenail. If you want all the trimmings, you're probably
> a good one and a half orders of magnitude out in your costs.

It varies a lot depending on the conference.  For one conference I know of 
the break-even point was apparently about 250 people at US $1000 - $1400 each!

A revenue of $US250K meant that the conference organizers lost money!

That conference has fully catered lunches cooked every day and a conference 
dinner that could only be criticised for having a cash bar.  It also has a 
very lavish convention center and attracts some of the best speakers from 
around the world.

> Really, if you're going for anything other than a chance to eat, drink
> and be merry with other Debianites, you're better off doing something
> else. The net access will always be better at home/work than away, the
> amenities, activities and weather'll all be better at a nice resort,
> and the talks will always be more professionally done at some random
> motivational seminar [0].

Yes.  But we try to make DebConf worth attending for the presentations etc 

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