So far I have tried to keep the #RethinkingICT conference free from any form of sponsorship – whether it be from a business or organisation – in order to keep the event “neutral”. What I am aware of though is the fact that sometimes it is nice to actually try out new pieces of equipment or software and this is one of the motivations behind the “Tinker Room”. However, this relies on the good nature of people attending the conference to bring along stuff that others can “tinker” with and so I am considering setting up a room as a marketplace where companies could show off their software, new technology etc. Attendees to the conference could then decide whether they actually wanted to visit the marketplace or not.
This raises two questions…
- Would people attending the conference welcome a Marketplace?
- Would companies be willing to come along and present their goods on the chance that people may come and take a look.
As always all thoughts, opinions and suggestions are more than welcome.