[HCS-D] PyCon: questions

Matt Gline gline at fas.harvard.edu
Thu May 12 14:27:29 EDT 2005

Re: Sanders: it can certainly display laptop presentations, though I
think you might have to hire the AV guys if you want to use the screen.
Still, that can't cost *that* much. The room is fine for conferences;
It's certainly been used for such a thing before, though it doesn't look
like a conference room. I guess one downside is it might be an
uncomfortable place to sit all day long. There's also not wireless
there, but we can probably add our own access points and make it so - I
can't imagine there'd be any real problem with this. 

As far as smaller rooms, Maxwell Dworkin is not the way to go. Use the
science center. It has lecture halls and class rooms of all sizes, is
literally 50 yards from Sanders, has the Greenhouse, has wireless
already and all kinds of good stuff. Also, we'd almost certainly be able
to get rooms there, in whatever size and number we needed. That place is
full of rooms.

Reserving Sanders apparently also gives us access to four small (very
small) classrooms in the basement of Loker which we could use for
whatever we like - probably not good for much more than serving coffee
to speakers, though, and storing equipment and things like that. 


On Thu, May 12, 2005 at 08:22:35PM +0200, Ivan Krstic wrote:
> Here are some valid questions from the chair. I wanted to run these past
> people before answering him. My comments are inline with his (quoted)
> message.
> [Talking about Sanders]
> > However, I'm worried about whether it's well suited for a technical
> > conference, as opposed to a concert or play; has it been used for
> > conferences before? 
> I believe there have been conferences in Sanders - does anyone know?
> > Is the hall set up for displaying laptop
> > presentations, for example? 
> Having not taken Ec10, I have no idea whether Feldstein showed slides.
> Can someone confirm that a laptop can be hooked up and projected in Sanders?
> > 	* PyCon needs three large rooms plus two or three smaller
> > 	  rooms; are there multiple halls and classrooms in the
> > 	  building?  Dividing the conference among several buildings
> > 	  is probably bad; people will spend a lot of time running
> > 	  back and forth.
> What's the situation like with Loker? I know there are plenty of small
> rooms - what about medium? If not, I really don't feel bad about
> getting, say, MD115 and MD125 as the two 'smaller rooms'. The walking
> distance is negligible. If there is concensus that we should go with MD,
> we should move on it pretty fast, however.
> You know what, my vote is for MD115+MD125 regardless of whether Loker
> has medium rooms available -- Loker is a much more enjoyable location to
> spend 3-7 days than the dungeons of Loker Castle.
> > 	* Is there wireless or wired Internet access available nearby?
> Last I checked, Loker had wifi coverage, but I never tried it from
> above-ground. Can someone verify?
> Ivan.
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