Nick, nobody stops you from entering and leaving the conference room. The agenda plan is updated all the time, and is located next to the door. It would be impolite to stop the presenter mid-sentence, they are not professional speakers, they are regular users with no special presenting skills. Nobody can blame them for being nervous and taking less or more time than estimated. If you want professional speakers to be on stage, the event would be quite different, and not technical.
It's been my first MUM and I was glad I've finally found time to join one! (That was no too much travel too!)
I do agree with normiss what he says here, but I also agree that 45 mins for most speakers in not enough, or they actually waiste first 10 mins in having the business talk or showing where they came from... that can all be omitted and yes, a bit more regulation could be of use here.
But than again, I have been with other events of same or different nature and basically speakers almost always use more time than assigned... I'll guess its human nature....
One suggestion I really would like to make is: 'workshops'. (Not 'courses'. Way too expensive!)
With the amount of listeners, interested or not, to nowadays presentations the more 'in-depth' interested party that really would like to discuss the subject in more detail has either no change or is delaying the presentation even more.
To find the presentator after his session to speak with him is sometimes impossible or at least difficult.
I think to give the MUM a more interest towards the 'skilled' user is to have special workshops for dedicated corners of the (inter-)network world with MT in special.
These workshops should be attended by no more than 20-30 people for instance and might last up to 2-3 hours or so to have plenty of time to discuss with tutor/presentator the subject in more detail. People should enlist at forehand (registration! If it shows big demand a workshop could even be repeated each day) and these workshops should be held in separate rooms with special notification what the workshop is all about at the entrance's door. (To keep the not interested out.)
One other advantage of such 'small classes type' of workshops would be that it would make it much more easier to get in touch to that fellow participant that happens to be interested in the same field as you. This way it would make it much easier to find the contact you are looking for.
Now I just see about a thousand attendants but I have no clue what sfere of interest has the guy in front of me....
It would be so nice to get to speak to this guy that just is having the same issue, or solution, as I have/am looking for. During small classroom stile workshops the change I will meet that other person of my interest is soo much bigger....
I have seen this in some other vendors events and it makes these much more interesting.... You can really build a discussion with other people or presentator in the specific field of interest and the ones not interested should not attend. This would attrackt more 'skilled' users to the event and more knowledge will be spread amongst us users.....
Other suggestion I would like to make:
- More space for vendors/bigger exhibition. MT should promote/approach more vendors to join. The more to see the more interesting the more people will join. I understood the one in Venice was good but to be honest, after 3 or 4 hours walking around I've seen it all and was just waiting for the next interesting lecture in the main hall.
- I saw some people bringing their partners but not so much towards the event itself. Understandable. Maybe it is an idea to organise some trips for the partners (probably all female) during the days of the event. This will probably attract more wifes/girlfriends and therefore more visitors.
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Rudy R. Puister
WISP operator based on MT routerboard & ROS.