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elz ([personal profile] elz) wrote2012-07-23 11:15 pm

OTW: Party in the USA?


One thing we periodically toss around is the idea of having an OTW con where people could actually meet up in person - we've had a lot of small, unofficial staff meetups over the years, but nothing org-wide or formally planned. I think it would be pretty awesome, and what it mostly needs at this point is someone to pick a city and date when at least some number of people could make it, and get the ball rolling. I know absolutely nothing about event planning or how to book a venue, but Lady Oscar actually does and was encouraging my flights of fancy, and therefore, a poll! Highly speculative and unofficial:

Poll #11240 OTWCon Planning
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 19

Could/would you come to an OTW-related con next March in Washington, DC?

7 (36.8%)

9 (47.4%)

3 (15.8%)

Assume the cost to be around whatever a fan-run con usually costs and attendance to be open to any staff, volunteers or fans who would like to come. Obviously you could have this event anywhere in the world at any time of the year, but what the heck - DC's a big city, easy to fly into, cheaper than NY (unless anybody has venue tips for NY) and about as central as anywhere, given that we're scattered all over the world. Though I myself would not be averse to going to Europe. There could theoretically be regional meetups on the same weekend for people who couldn't travel quite as far, with some sort of video hookup, maybe? Google hangouts? Cross-chatting? Something, anyway. We could have brainstorming and hackathoning and vid watching and teamly bonding and general shenanigans! Field trip to a Caps game! Multicolored alcohol! Just think of the possibilities. :D

Ideas, suggestions, alternate times or places? If there's interest, we should totally make a Party Planning Workgroup and get a bunch of people together to hammer something out (all meetings to involve party hats and sparkly balloons).

And please link around to anyone who might be interested!
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[personal profile] ladyoscar23 2012-07-24 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
OK, I created a DW account and voted. And, while I am quite scared to be referenced as someone who knows what I'm doing in any way, I do pledge that if we go for this, I will do my best! :-)
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[personal profile] anoel 2012-07-24 05:27 am (UTC)(link)
Not to DC as I'm tentatively planning a UK trip for next spring. However I could do LA, SF or San Diego.
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[personal profile] hl 2012-07-24 05:49 am (UTC)(link)
I can't come and I'll only watch enviously from here down south if you do it, but \0/.
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[personal profile] bingeling 2012-07-24 07:46 am (UTC)(link)

We should sit around an actual campfire and have a cardboard cut-out of a robot hooked up with an Arduino or something with speakers, that spews out urls to cat images periodically, or insults us, or something. Just for the symmetry.
Alternatively: Something practical and useful. If that's how you roll...
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[personal profile] lucyp 2012-07-24 10:30 am (UTC)(link)
I'd love to do this but not sure March will work for me, due to money and time. It would definitely have to be in university holidays, anyway.

East coast is definitely better for this though, so people from Europe only have to cross an ocean instead of an ocean AND a continent ;).