After eight years of the Fedora User and Developer Conference, or FUDCon, the Fedora Project decided it was time for a change. The conference was not working very well any more. The project has replaced it with Flock. I think the first Flock went very well.
- Schedule determined before Flock. We submitted talk proposals and voted on them and a schedule was determined before the conference. This worked much better than the old barcamp format.
- Presenters came prepared. With barcamp, there is no incentive to prepare any material for a talk because you might not be chosen to present.
- Reasonable rooms, wireless networking, and power availability.
- Projectors available in all rooms.
- The off-campus prepaid dining card for lunch. No more box lunches from dining services! This was brilliant and it allowed everyone to handle their own special dietary needs.
- Entirely walkable for the event, hotel, and after hours socializing. Similar to Tempe, AZ, but better. Way way better than Lawrence, KS.
- New shirt design!
- More conferencey looking badges.
- Overall the content focused on new ideas rather than defense of what we did in a previous release. I noticed this had a positive effect on the hackfest day at the end.
- Plenty of restaurants and bars to allow people to socialize after hours and choose a place away from other people if need be. It is nice to have a selection of places to spread out rather than the entire group going from the conference to the bar.
- Good social events, though I only went to the one at Mynt.
- Charleston, SC in August is not a place with ideal weather. Charleston in the fall or winter would be better.
- The Francis Marion hotel was a bit run down. I never had hot water in my shower (the hotel knew about the problem and just said, "sorry"). The elevators were in the process of being upgraded and were really slow.
- The venue is still a university. I think it's time for our conference to move in to a conference facility at a large hotel or something similar. University classrooms do not really help set the tone.
- All rooms used for the conference should be in the same building.
- Hackfest rooms should be ready to go from day 1. There are people that want to start hacking immediately and we should have that set up and ready to go.
- Two half hour breaks each day would be nice, that are outside lunch.
- Professional video recording of every talk would be great.
- Volunteers to coordinate the in and out of each room, starting and stopping sessions, introducing the speaker, and other such stuff would be good.