[Scale-planning] Connect Week in Pasadena Oct 20-28, 2018

Mx Siltanen mrsiltanen at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 10:20:49 UTC 2018


It is as easy as setting up as a user group meeting for a night, or a day
long event.

Naturally a 2-3 hour event would be easiest.

1) Venue:
Innovate Pasadena assists with arranging the venue - I can introduce you to
the team which helped me.
You can also source your own venue if you like during the time period and
Innovate Pasadena would be happy to partner w/event sharing their mission.

Some venues will have everything set - including A/V, chairs, ... .

Others more raw unused space ( waiting for someone to lease it, one spot I
looked at had 2 large raw spaces - which would be good during the day, but
at night you'd need to bring lights. They did have 40 chairs and some
rectangular plastic tables - but no A/V. )

Naturally the raw unused space typically is larger, however may require
renting chairs, A/V,...

IP mentioned they have ~30 venues which have offered to host events.

There was a nice conference room I was shown which can hold 40 people w/a
"kitchen" and had a bathroom next to it. Looked like a good space for a
presentation or workshop ( would need to bring power strips and extension
cords for a work shop imho ).

Pasadena City College I was told may also have some space available ( iirc
a large room, perhaps the one they do the IP luncheons? ) - which would be
a nice option also as they have plenty of affordable parking.

2) Marketing event:
Innovate Pasadena will help market by putting the event on their calendar.

If you have a user group or meetup you'd want to also post it there or at
other usual locations you post your meetings.

3) Food:
You'd need to find a sponsor for food if you like

4) Content
Naturally you'd want to line up your content. ( presenter, workshop, .. ) -
Innovate Pasadena may have some connections to assist, however for most of
us we've got better technical connections than they may have for the
typical content we like to share. Still worth asking them, they've
surprised me at times with some of the connections they have.

As long as the content is "innovation, tech, arts, science" and it is about
sharing information and knowledge it should fit well with their mission.

Thank You

On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 9:38 PM Ilan Rabinovitch <ilan at socallinuxexpo.org>

> Thanks Matti. What is involved with running a connect week event?  How can
> the folks on this list help?
> On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 2:17 PM Mx Siltanen <mrsiltanen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Just a reminder, some I've pitched this idea directly to you during
>> Shellcon.
>> We can organize an event(s) during Connect Week to help promote SCALE 17x.
>> There are some nice venues available.
>> Connect week(+) Oct 20-28, 2018 in Pasadena:
>> Innovate Pasadena ( a non-profit to promote innovation, tech, arts, and
>> science in Pasadena ) is helping community events do events / meetups
>> during that period by assisting with connecting us with venues. Many of the
>> venues are donating their spaces. ( Connect Week will also assist with
>> marketing )
>> So, that makes it very easy for us in the community to organize events!
>> We would still need to find food / coffee sponsors.
>> I highly encourage anyone interested to do something.
>> There are spaces available for weeknights, weekdays, and weekends.
>> https://connectpasadena.com/
>> This is an annual event, and thus we should be able to utilize the
>> opportunity to build partner community run events which Innovate Pasadena
>> will assist us with.
>> We can use this opportunity to do something in Pasadena to support our
>> regular user groups and larger conferences / events.
>> If you need an introduction to the IP folks who can assist you, please
>> let me know.
>> Thank You
>> Matti
>> ps - I have RSVP'ed a venue for a "product" day on Sat 10/27 and now will
>> need to secure a food and a coffee sponsor and a couple more presentations
>> / content. There appeared to be a number of larger venues available to
>> handle 30-100+ people, and I see a lot of great opportunities for us to
>> build a stronger community.
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