First, I am not competing with the Fest West in Washington.
In the distant past, Fest West was sponsored by different users groups, most often the Southwest 99ers of Arizona, though in 98 they organized it in Lubbock, TX (1997).
I want to see who is interested in attending a Fest in Austin, TX.
The proposed event will be Friday-Sunday, and be largely structured by what the attendees bring.
The venue will be an air-conditioned classroom, with tables, whiteboard, large TV, and a projector, at ATX Hackerspace on 9700 Dessau Rd. There is a lounge/kitchen/eating area. (Guided tours of members-only areas like electronics lab, laser cutter and 3D printing.)
If anyone wants to do a presentation/stream, you would write that on the whiteboard schedule, but otherwise we would just share about things TI, much like Chi-Friday. Set up your gear, gather in small groups, share, learn, and solve problems.
As a long shot, we could try to get a special guest.
The event would be free, and open to the public (I would expect others from the hackerspace and the local C-64 group.)
The only charge will be for snacks and Saturday breakfast-lunch.
- Venue: ATX Hackerspace has air conditioning, a kitchen, and wi-fi. Classroom and lounge for the weekend, at no cost. Guided tours of 3D printing etc.
- Format: BarCamp style, attendees can announce a presentation in the classroom, otherwise free form.
- Security: we can put gear in a locked room overnight. The building is keyed entry. Nothing's ever been stolen from the classroom.
- Hardware: I can provide stock P-Boxes, 4A consoles, monitors so you can travel lighter. Electronics lab available.
- Flights to ATX: SEA-ATX non-stop is nice but $400. For $251 you can go through SFO.
- Lodging: Super 8 near ATXHS is as low as $58. Marriot $118. There are a lot of options. I can open 2 guest rooms in my house.
- Transportation: Volunteers will help with airport pickup; Uber is around $35.
- Food: Saturday: Breakfast Tacos. Lunch: barbecue delivery. Dinner: trip to Chuy's (Tex-Mex.)
Potential side trips are TI's old buildings (now Flex), Altex Electronics, Pinballz Arcade.
Edited by FarmerPotato, Sun May 19, 2019 5:24 PM.