In one of the previous posts said a few words about the principles of report selection By the Program Committee HighLoad++conference, among which was such a high-profile statement as : "Democracy doesn’t work."
I would like to clarify that, of course, this is not the case.
It still works-the secret to success is proper preparation.
The main spice is the collective meetings, held several times a year. These are real brainstorming sessions that are open to anyone, I mean anyone at all, regardless of whether they are a participant or a speaker.
The Program Committee and activists also meet there HighLoad++ , and we encourage active participants in such meetings. First of all, because that is how the goals of the conference are set:"I want such-and-such a topic or such-and-such a speaker, I heard about this new conference – bring its developer here". Sometimes this is a non-trivial task that can only be solved collectively.
The purpose of such a meeting is to gather ideas and requests, primarily from the community who come to the conference to listen to the papers.
All of this translates into concrete conference program proposals, here’s an example ( summer 2015 ): goo.gl/HFLghj If anyone has any ideas, contacts, tips, write to firstname.lastname@example.org , it would be appreciated.
It turns out to be an interesting situation, as a result of which we do the conference for ourselves! Of course, there is an organizing company, but it is subject to the dictates of the community and does not interfere in the process of the Program Committee at all.
I would like to believe that this is the reason for the increase in the number of participants in the conference HighLoad++ Decent growth, I must say, despite the crisis phenomena and all the possible difficulties :
- In 2011 there were 754 of us and we still fit into Infospace;
- In 2012, we had to move to the Radisson at Kievskaya and 1049 attendees came;
- In 2013, there were already 1, 266 of us;
- In 2014, the breakthrough (and this despite difficulties with foreign speakers) was 1, 606 participants;
- This year’s goal is 2, 000 people
As a final note on Western speakers, for which there is a basic rule : "Just like everyone else." No piety, do you know why?
The paradox is that the average English-speaking speaker is lower than the average Russian-speaking speaker. In 2011 it was interesting to hear about how many servers Facebook has, but now that everyone has a lot of them, that alone is no longer of interest.
And lastly : The conference is offering a special 15% discount for Habrahabra users, all you have to do is use the code " IAmHabr " when booking tickets.