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How to Run a CITCON

The organizers use a pretty straight forward process for running the CITCON conferences. Below are the details.

JTF and PJ are known for their classic opening speech for the conference. They have been doing the same speech since nearly the inception of CITCON. More details...

Venue Search

Finding a suitable venue for CITCON can be challenging. It takes some creative searching. As a non-profit conference, we try to minimize the venue cost as much as possible. That tends to be the biggest hurdle. Here are the criteria for a venue that would typically be good for hosting a CITCON event.

  • No cost, or very low cost.
  • One larger room, and 3 or 4 smaller rooms
    • We usually have one large room that can accomodate everyone at the conference (125) with 3 or 4 smaller rooms for breakout sessions that run in parallel.
    • We arrange the chairs in circles, instead of traditional classroom style. That changes the number of people that fit into one room.
    • We frequently use concentric circles to increase the capacity in the room.

Conference Registration

Once the website has been setup, for example the Sydney 2013 site, the organizers decide when to open registration. Once agreed upon, the following steps are followed to create the EventWax event and link it in to the CITCON conference site.

  1. Log in to https://citcon.eventwax.com/admin/account/login
    • For obvious reasons, the username and password are not included on this page. Email the committee mailing list to get authorization to do this.
  2. Click the "Events" drop down and select "New Event".
  3. Fill in the Event Name, e.g. "CITCON Sydney 2013".
  4. Fill in the Venue, e.g. "Sydney Marriott".
  5. Fill the Capacity, e.g. 150
    • We have traditionally always set the capacity to 150. That allows 150 people to register. We expect about one-third no-show. So, we expect about 100 people to attend the conference. Sometimes it is more. Sometimes it is less.
  6. Set the Currency, e.g. "Australian Dollars"
  7. Status should be defaulted to "Open".
  8. Set the Timezone, e.g. "Australia - Sydney".
  9. Set the Start Date, e.g. "Feb 8, 2013".
  10. Set the End Date, e.g. "Feb 9, 2013".
  11. Set the Start Time, e.g. "18:00".
  12. Set the End Time, e.g. "19:00".
  13. Click Create Event.
    • The new event should now be listed in the upcoming events on the admin page.
  14. Click on the link for the new event.
  15. Click the Edit Event tab.
  16. Click the Ticket Setup tab.
  17. Change the name for the "Standard Ticket" to "Registration Only".
  18. Add another ticket type named "Registration + Donation - Generous Amount - Cover Costs Plus Some" set to $100 (local currency units, i.e. 100 pounds, 100 Australia dollars, etc).
  19. Add another ticket type named "Registration + Donation - Cover Full Costs of One Participant" set to $65 (...see note above about currency units...).
  20. Add another ticket type named "Registration + Donation - Cover Food Costs of One Participant" set to $32.
  21. Add another ticket type named "Registration + Donation - Cover TShirt Cost of One Participant" set to $9.
  22. For all tickets, set the start time to the time when you want people to begin being able to purchase those tickets, e.g. Now.
  23. For all tickets, set the end time to the time when you want people to stop being able to purchase those tickets, e.g. the Friday one week prior to the start of the conference at 23:45.
  24. Add any details you like to the "Fine Print", e.g. "* Note that the date for the event MAY change. In the event of a date change, the organizers will attempt to notify all ticket holders as soon as possible."