As regular readers of this blog are probably tired of hearing by now, !!Con (“bang bang con”) is a weekend-long conference of ten-minute talks about experiencing computing viscerally, held annually in New York since 2014. I’ve been helping organize !!Con since the beginning, and the rest of the organizing team and I are now preparing to put on our 2017 event.
!!Con has been a success. In fact, year after year we find that the demand for what we’re doing is greater than what we’re able to meet: we get a lot more strong talk proposals than we have room to accept, and we have way more potential attendees than we have room for. It feels good to be wanted, but it also means that we’re constantly disappointing people, and that sucks.
So, how can we scale !!Con to meet demand?