This episode is a novelty in many respects. First, we managed to get closer to 45 minutes than ever before. But more importantly, we interviewed Johan Brichau from inceptive and yesplan about two very interesting topics in one single episode.
Johan tells us about his teaching and researching history with Smalltalk in Academics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université catholique de Louvain and a very successful project he did after his time at VUB and UCL: Yesplan.be, a planning system for event organizers that has reached quite a customer base in only two years. It is a GemStone/Seaside based application that is offered as a Cloud service. We chat a little about his team's experiences with developing in Pharo Smalltalk and deploying on GemStone as well as the kind of environment they host their application on. Besides its very snappy Graphical User Interface, YesPlan delivers value by being tailored to the needs of cultural institutions like Vooruit in Ghent.
Which happens to be both the first customer of yesplan and the place where the ESUG conference 2012 took place. And here we are, in the middle of the second topic: what does it mean and take to volunteer as a local organizer of the annual ESUG conference. Johan gives us some insight into quite a few topics:
- when the planning and organization typically starts for a
- what the job of a local organizer is and what is typically done by
- how much work it is to do organize an ESUG conference
- what the requirements for an ESUG conference venue are
- what the ESUG board needs from a local organizer (resp. an organizer
team) to decide whether a place is good for the conference
So this episode is perfect for you if you either would like one of the next ESUG conferences to take place closer to your place, make the conference even better than it was over the last few years (as if there was much potential for that), or if you ever wondered how much work is being accomplished behind the scenes to make the conference the success it has been for quite a while now.
Johan explicitly asked us to mention here that he plans to compile a todo-list with experiences and known pitfalls for people interested in organizing an ESUG conference, so that it puts pressure on him to really do it one day in the not too far future. Who are we to not do so?
There's an addition that Johan asked us to add:
I forgot to say that there is always a call for student volunteers that is published on the conference website. So people who want to be a student volunteer should respond to that call. Second, there also is a checklist on the ESUG website that mentions all elements that should be part of the proposal to host the conference. It's here: http://www.esug.org/wiki/pier/Conferences/informationstoprovideforhostingesugevent
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