This convention was a total hoot. I very much want to do it again next year. But there are snags.
See what needs to happen:
David and I are in the process of adopting a child or children. It is likely that by this time next year all that will be said and done but it's unpredictable as to when we will need to travel twice and when our children will come home with us which will require a period of low key hanging out at home with not a lot of people around.
So for Applecon to happen again we need a lot more help. I want to continue to have a say in how the con is run with my Co-chair Larry Sanderson but I can't commit to more then that this time around and neither can David (who did too much last year beverage shopping, pubs, badges, move in & move out.)
So what we need is
Hotel - experienced competent, reliable person to get the contract signed and deal with all the details as the convention approaches and gets under way and settle the bill afterwards.
Financial Support what I mean by this is someone whose credit card can be used to hold our reservation and who is willing to take the risk if we don't meet the room block. This year we doubled our block and held it with our own credit card. But as we are trying to figure out how to finance an adoption it's an additional stress we just can't add to our plate. This year the risk was for about $2,000.
Parties/consuite - I need someone else to do the shopping, set up and general running of this space. Someone who understands what my standards are and doesn't mind having to work with me to meet those.
I'm not unwilling to have shared ideas come to life, I think I'm reasonable at compromising and I take sound advice *note I did not try and make pancakes in the consuite* when advised against it. And I think we had a very nice consuite on a very strict budget. that was admittedly helped by the reservation error that landed us in the concierge rather then the Presidential across the hall.
Programming - Music/science demo programming was and will be run by Chas Somdahl but I need someone to add in some other sf programming and to do the scheduling of it all and work with Chas and other program participants.
Publications Ya ya I know we don't need any. Yet I find myself loath to give this up. I very much like the idea of making a program book that is really mostly a chapbook. This is one thing we could let go of since we can't commit to doing it ourselves. But know that it hurts me inside. I'd like a pubs person who can send an electronic progress report at least one, maybe two. And a message full of updated last minute useful infor. a week before the con. As well someone who could do bi-weekly or weekly posts on the AppleCon live journal, to keep it active.
Badges which could be done by pubs or someone who only has to worry about badges either way.
We do have some great peeps already helping both Karen Cooper who ran the outstanding Wizard Tournament is excited about next years competition
and Ann Viviano who is our treasurer a real professional and everything and also helped with kids programming which was fabulous is on board to help again. Maybe we can recruit more kids this time around.
Hania Wojtowicz helped us last minute with layout, did a top notch job which was are so very grateful for and she has said she'd do it again.
And we have Rachel Lininger who has stepped up to the plate and said she would help with registration. We look forward to her help.
So I guess it's up to you and you and you as to whether we can do this again next year and do it with the flare and gusto that we did it with this first time around. So speak now or forever hold your peace and we will simply take a hiatus until our lives allow us to take more active roles.