Has the Dates, location and hotel been announced for DEVCON 2018?
The announcement is expected next week. Sounds like they may have had a detail or 2 to iron out first. They said they would post it as soon as they can.
I wonder if they may take a break?
What do you mean?
By bet and hope is for Miami
Well, this sounds like they did not sign a 2 year contract as some expected.
But the art of conference planning includes to discuss with several hotels and than finally sign an agreement with the best offer you get. While the best offer may not be the cheapest, it could be the nicest hotel in the week you want.
Orlando would be great for Europeans due to much cheaper flights compared to Phoenix or San Diego.
Not just for Europeans...
Yes, Orlando would be great!
Cabo San Lucas sounds good.
Something cooler: Buffalo. LOL
Hahaha yeah Beverley then us Brits can feel more at home! Would be lovely to catch up again!
That mostly was for jormond, our Community Excellence Award winner for 2017!! Then we can party at his house after DevCon.
San Francisco was cooler - due to the phenomena of the central valley being hot, making the ocean breezes and fog to roll in. Believe it or not Winter is warmer in SF! Monterey was also lovely, but may not be big enough any more. Pajaro Dunes, anyone? But they might not be big enough either (or otherwise prohibitive - though a winter conference there would be great).
I'd like East Coast. I might be able to make it in 2018 if I can drive (not able to fly just yet).
Plenty of nice places on the east coast that would work.
would be great to go to an environmentally friendly hotel with organic food ..
We can all dream on
FMI usually stays close to home.
Correct me if I'm wrong but Devcons are rarely held east of Arizona (Orlando 3 times and Miami once I think).
On the east coast Orlando is the best bet probably because the abundance of hotels brings the cost down.
how could the location also attract younger developers?
Young developers would probably be more affected by cost. Miami for example would probably be more expensive than some other locations.
I assume FMI could gather some statistics as to where there are more young developers and aim for that region if they wanted.
Short term business logic will probably determine the location - where is it cheaper to host and where will more people attend to maximize profit? I don't think there are many other variables in play.
If they want more people it should be held in winter in a warm weather location. Miami in July makes no sene or Vegas or Arizona
Feb in any of those places would have a bigger draw. Just my 2 cents
The largest gemstone and mineral show in the world is held in Tucson, Arizona in early February. The draw is worldwide. There are several reasons why the show is so important to those interested, and it has grown over the many years it's been held there, but part of the reason for timing and location are as you suggest, Tom.
The Vegas jewelry show in June is hated by many who attend (it's a huge show); not only for weather, but also for location (Vegas). People go, but I hear nothing but complaints and grumbling.
Costs matter; access matters (flights, hotels, local transportation); food matters; alternative attractions matter; and so on. There's a lot that can be done to get more people to attend events, but planners must be truly empathetic to the target audience/attendees.
Cost is a big part of why DevCon is held in the summer in a hot climate.
Costs in a warmer area are a lot higher when its cold everywhere else.
The summer is generally a slower time for many industries and easier to book time off. Anybody in the education market might not be able to come if it was held in the winter.
Yes, and in the summer holidays business is slow anyway, so you are not missed much back home.
As kids have no school, you can make it a family trip.
No doubt cost is a factor. Assuming the market is some what efficient, it cost less because people DONT want to be there then. If you ask your wife or kids, they probably don't want to be there then, either.
So yes it is a balancing issue. Pick a spot people will want to go even if there wasn't a convention, They pay more but the family will want to go. You might want to stay and extra a day or two to enjoy the area.
My summer is my busy time, and I'm sure each of us have times of year where we are most busy. For me, I will go when it is in a place I would want to go anyway. No way am I headed to Arizona in the summer.
Gets my vote. Have any of you ever stayed in England in February? I have, for the last 50+ years. Any excuse to be somewhere else :-) ...
Yep. 5 years were enough so I moved to Canada! Lol
Lol. Isn't it even colder there?. I moved to Australia when I was 6 but my Mum and Dad took me. They also took me back again 3 years later. Parents? what can you do?
England is becoming a Lowry painting, and not in a good way. Any opportunities in Canada for disgruntled middle-aged Brit?
I guess this isn't really the forum for this...
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