To get the attendees to visit the sponsor-booths at ILUG 2008, Paul Mooney invented „SpeedSponsoring”, where all were supposed to find one sponsor booth, listen to their pitch for five minutes and then move on to the next booth. That means 20 sponsors, spaced apart aprox. 20 cm, gving their pitch 20 times to about 400 attendees in one room. Can you imagine the noise level?
Some sponsors were great sports, had a blast and made the most out of it, wheras you could notice that some sponsors didn’t „get” it. All in all, a great idea and certainly good for the sponsors. I am wondering how that would scale to Lotusphere with it’s thousands of attendees …
On Thursday, it was „SpeedGeeking” evening. SpeedGeeking is, according to Paul Mooney, … a quick-n-dirty, raucous way to learn some great tips, tricks, and techniques from some of the best and brightest of our ILUG speakers. In a short 5 minutes youll see some tips, techniques (and sometimes crazy) ideas that they have been working on …..
Ulrich made a short video of Sean Burges, so you get an impression on what SpeedGeeking really is like: