HOWTO Organise a Webtuesday
Organising a webtuesday means doing the following (read - this is how it's worked the past couple of years - change it for the better);
- Find a date - webtuesday always happens on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
- Update the page for the given meeting
- Edit or create the event page using the git repository
- note the URL carefully
- easiest thing is to copy the source of an existing page, copy and paste
- Find a speaker
- normally do this well ahead of time (e.g. a month or more)
- talks are normally ~50minutes
- ideally topic should be something the speaker actually does / has experience of
- around 1-2 weeks before the event start "nagging" for the talk title, add to wiki page and other platforms
- this assumes you want to go with a 1-talk format
- Find a location (as early as possible before the event)
- option a) get in touch with somewhere where webtuesday has been before - Namics in particular have been kind enough to offer to host webtuesday pretty much any time - talk to Jürg Stuker
- option b) find a new location...
- Needs to be able to fit at least 30
- Ideally the office of someone who attends webtuesday
- Another option: Christian Stocker would be able to sort out space at Uni ZH but so far have always avoided it - find that location too "studenty", which isn't really the webtuesday vibe. Axel Beckert once tried to get space at ETH, but being a non-ETH event, we would have to pay rent for the room, so this is probably no option.
- So far have applied a rule of no requirement for personal costs for anyone involved (i.e. paying for space, paying for food/drinks)
- Announce... places I've done this in the past, depending on motivation that month...
- Required techup.ch
- Required announcements mailing list believe this acts as a reminder for many - usually try to do this in the week before webtuesday, so give bloggers a chance to make noise (although the bloggers are pretty lazy re: webtuesday these days ;))
- @webtuesday on Twitter
- upcoming.org - this has actually helped quite a few find webtuesday
- Find somewhere for post-event drinks - generally places that "suck" are better than Zurichs most love nightspots, before you'll easily fit 30 people there and loud music is just annoying in this context. Give the place a warning by calling in advance. Everywhere where webtuesday has been before is listed here.
The rest is hopefully obvious.