About the Book
If you’ve ever thought about hosting a code sprint, hackathon, (un)conference or workshop, this book is for you. In it, we explain what you need to know to plan and execute a successful event, including:
- assembling and organizing your planning team
- identifying and securing a venue for your event
- how to get money and pay for things
- volunteer recruitment and management
- determining your event format and creating your event’s schedule
- advertising your event
- tickets and registration
- insurance, liability and what to do when things go wrong
- deciding on must-haves and nice-to-haves (e.g., food, wifi, etc)
- dealing with venue logistics (space, sound, power, etc.)
- codes of conduct, after parties, considerations for serving alcohol
- how to keep the momentum once your first event is over
About the Authors
Christie Koehler is an experienced software engineer, technical project manager, community organizer and speaker. She works at Mozilla (makers of Firefox) as a project manager on the Developer Evangelist team. Christie is Co-founder and President of the nonprofit Stumptown Syndicate, co-chair of Open Source Bridge, and co-organizer of BarCamp Portland. Additionally, Christie facilitates Code ‘n’ Splode and Women Who Hack, monthly user groups for women in technology.
Sherri Montgomery is an IT Business Systems Analyst for Mentor Graphics. As a member of the Business Intelligence team she cultivates order, grows projects, engages users, facilitates teams, coordinates testing, and strives to make huge data sets meaningful. Sherri also produces town hall events for the Mentor BI community and speaks about complex BI migrations strategies and performance tuning.
In her spare time Sherri manages conference logistics for Open Source Bridge and is co-chair for Ignite Portland. She also meditates, makes awesome vegan food, creates art for trade, teaches Hatha Yoga and hikes. Sherri can often be found teaching yoga to geeks at conferences she participates in.
Audrey Eschright is a programmer at Elevated Code working with Ruby, Rails, and occasionally iPhone development. Writer of essays, recipes, horror comics, and knitting patterns. Photographer working with digital and film cameras, including Polaroid, Holga, and pinholes. Community organizer of unconferences like WhereCampPDX. Core team member of the infamous Calagator. Agitator for a variety of grassroots local tech.