A number of us who attended the 2008 New Media Expo came up with ideas about how to improve the experience for all of us in the future. This page is a gathering place for those comments and ideas.
Some of what I suggest here assumes that we are talking about a social gathering with no formal agenda. In other words, we are not, in this instance, planning a conference, but a social gathering.
Geek Time: Set aside a few hors for those who want to geek out about podcasting gear, or anything else, to gather with laptops and gadgets. If there's interest, participants could lead min-discussions on topic about which they are knowledgeable.
Games or Sports: I'm far from an athlete, but some time on the lake, in a pool, or tossing Frisbees around is a great way to break up the time, especially if other activities include eating and drinking.
Some criteria for a good location.
->Easy and cost-effective access by air
->A central hotel that is reasonably priced and has facilities for our group (even a good-sized suite that we could pool our funds to rent would be sufficient)
->Walkable environment with restaurants, shopping, etc.