For the past two months ASUG volunteers have been planning ASUG Annual Conference (to be held in Orlando, May 5-7) which is co-located with SAPPHIRENOW. In some respects, it was made easier this year because of a new abstract tool that lets you easily filter on sessions. In previous years, I was downloading to Excel, merging speaker files with abstracts and then using Lumira for data cleansing before the team could review the abstracts.
What also went well this year is ASUG had a speaker tips submission webcast. This, in my opinion, lead to higher quality abstracts – a nice problem to have.
Of course there is never enough time to review everything in the time allowed. Given that there are over 2200 abstracts submitted and roughly only 400 can be selected, and if you are in a lucky track with almost 500 submissions, the job is tough.
Earlier in the month I read Andy Steer, CTO/CMO of itelligence UK, blog about their conference planning. They are crowd-sourcing their conference’s agenda. I looked at their survey and I wondered if ASUG could do something similar. Perhaps for smaller scale conferences, not ASUG Annual Conference, given the scale.
I will be very interested to hear how the crowd sourcing goes for this conference.