[HCS-D] PyCon: questions

Matt Gline gline at fas.harvard.edu
Thu May 12 14:55:38 EDT 2005

Maxwell Dworkin has fewer rooms substantially farther away. There are
four classrooms of any size available in MD: 119, which seats 59, G135,
which seats 36, G125, which seats 57, and G115, which seats 120. If we
used those, we'd be using every classroom in Maxwell Dworkin, module a
few small conference rooms upstairs. I don't really think it's a
reasonable option. The science center has 5 lecture halls that seat over
100 - two which seat more than 130, one that seats 250, one that seats
350, and one that seats 492. Those lecture halls are well outfitted for
taping, have all kinds of projection kit, and are right near each other
and sanders. There's another classroom that'll seat 57, one that'll seat
54, and a hole host of rooms that'll seat smaller numbers of people. And
if rooms in the science center prove unavailable, Sever and Emerson also
aren't far away, while there's no place with reasonable rooms near MD
(apart from Jefferson 250, which is a lovely room). The Science Center
and Memorial Hall are by far the most convenient pair of locations for
this conference.


On Thu, May 12, 2005 at 08:40:25PM +0200, Ivan Krstic wrote:
> Matt Gline wrote:
> > 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. 
> In that case, we'll want to get price quotes from the AV guys on
> projection equipment rental, AND the per-hour cost of having one of
> their guys come out and tape+digitize the talks.
> It's not likely we'll make use of the latter, but it's not wholly
> implausible, either. The RFP mentions people would be trying to record
> talks on their own -- we'd really shine if we could just offer the
> organizers to have the entire conference professionally taped and
> digitized. I bet they'd cover the associated costs if they were reasonable.
> Can someone request a quote on these?
> > 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. 
> So there are at least a few network jacks? I have a WRT54g+WSB signal
> booster that could flood that place with connectivity goodness.
> > 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.
> Hmm. I'm not sure I'm convinced. The problem with the Science Center is
> that it's shittily lit, ugly and gloomy - I know I was happy to leave
> the lecture hall after my 1.5hr lecture there. MD115+MD125 also already
> have wireless, and I imagine Greenhouse doesn't work over break.
> Actually, regarding already having wireless, I think that's actually
> deceiving: I believe we won't be able to use it (for reasons I outlined
> in the previous thread), so setting up our own will be necessary.
> > Also, we'd almost certainly be able
> > to get rooms there, in whatever size and number we needed. That place is
> > full of rooms.
> That's a point I'll buy, but I'd still *really* prefer MD over SC; can
> we at least look into the availability and fees of MD?
> > 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. 
> Yep, that's exactly what we'll want to do with them. Quiet room,
> equipment storage, refreshments, that sort of business.
> Hear you at 6?
> Ivan.

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