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Conference Reboot Plan Overview
Are you curious how all of this is coming together?
We’re less than a month in since Joel handed off the Carolina Code Conference to me on March 21st and since then things have been coming together steadily. I have gotten several questions about when certain things were going to happen, so I wanted to publish the current plan of how this is all coming together.
First thing to know, this is not a full time job so pacing is critical.
Timeline so far…
March 21 - Took over the conference and carolina.codes domain.
March 22 - Met with Joel to get previous assets and discuss.
March 25 - Setup Substack to manage community communication.
Scouting for venue options and researching costs.
I’ve setup dlvr.it to make this a little easier to manage but I’m still working out the details to get it tuned right. The best thing that can be done is for you to like and share wherever and whenever possible.
April 10 - Started the Code Header Challenge as a polyglot way to address my total lack of design skills.
April 11 - Opened the Call for Speakers through May 25th.
Actively spread the word about the Call for Speakers and conference to local meetups and companies. You can help with this by passing information along directly or having me out to talk about the conference at your meetup.
Involving the local meetups and helping to get them moving again is critical to the tech community and one of the core missions of this conference.
April 17-21 week - Call for Sponsors
The goal is to have this setup next week. We’ve had a lot of interest so far and I’m looking forward to the opportunities.
May 1-5 week - Ticket Policy
Initial overview of ticket availability expectations, including early access
Tickets are free, but limited so there will be some structure put in place about how they are distributed including carryover to subsequent conference years since we are trying to make this event a staple of the area
May 25 - Call for Speakers closes
June 1 - Speakers will be announced
June through August 18 - Ongoing promotion and preparation
Finalizing conference details like video recording, food, wifi, swag, etc
Planning after event activities
Ongoing conversations with sponsors
Actively scouting venues for 2024
August 19 - Carolina Code Conference 2023!
As of right now, this is the approximate plan for how things are coming together.
At some point in there, the new site will be launched as well but I don’t have a firm date in place for that yet. This is a code conference, so there’s a part of me that very much wants to over-engineer the new site and attempt to incorporate sponsors in the process if possible. Might even make for a good talk. We’ll see.