Friday, March 7, 2014

#BIT14 - 24/7 Conference Planning

A year ago, when Doug Peterson and I began the monumental task of moving the annual ECOO conference from the GTA to Niagara Falls, we had no idea what was ahead for us. I don't think either of us could have predicted just how much time we would need to devote to this project.

As things progressed, we found that emailing each other back and forth a hundred times a day wasn't totally effective so we started doing Google Hangouts. Daily. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. If a day went by without a Hangout, it seemed strange. What we discovered very early on is that Doug is very much a morning person and I am a nighthawk. This often resulted in communication gaps, but we filled in the gaps when we each worked best: Doug at 5:00 am and me at midnight.

Now we're at it again - planning for #BIT14. Not quite at the stage of requiring daily (or hourly) Hangouts, but certainly many emails back and forth. The other day, Doug emailed me at some ungodly hour of the morning and summarized - perhaps - why the 2013 Bring IT, Together conference succeeded as it did.

He said:

"Damn, I'm full of ideas first thing in the morning.  You work best at night.  This conference gets the benefit of a chair 24/7!"

It is so true.