Applying for the UKUUG Council

I’ve been a member of the UKUUG for a couple of years know and I’m a great fan of their conferences. They always manage to get a good venue, a decent crowd and a lot of top notch speakers. I, on the other hand, have just about managed to get two GLLUGs up and running and almost had a coronary at each one. In an attempt to learn more about how the big boys plan and organise these kinds of events I’ve applied for a seat on the UKUUG council. A couple of the longer running members are stepping down this year and so there are some seats available.

I’ve already got someone to nominate me, which is oddly fitting as John was the first person I spoke to at my first Linux meeting, and I should know by the end of next week if I’ve been accepted. So what do I expect to get out of it? Primarily learning how to make technical events a success and how to create a good quality news letter every quarter. The experience of how they run an organisation of distributed people and how to go about getting sponsorship and funding will be bonuses. And what do I expect to contribute? Hunting down speakers, talking to attendees and working out what they want, recommending speakers from other events, spreading the brand, evangelizing the group and just being open to help where I can.

Fingers crossed.