Well not really 😦
When I decided to take on running Be Bettr this time and make it something much larger scale and a little bit more formal I thought I would either still be working for JISC or maybe freelancing – either way I would have had available headspace for Bettr.
As it happens I have a new and challenging job at the Medical Research Council and have also committed to trying to get Eventstreams running as a startup as well as working with Mozilla Drumbeat. All-in-all it is a little (lot?) too much.
I have a great bunch of speakers lined up with a couple more to confirm but I worry that the choice of venue was a mistake – it is a big space to fill and its lack of connectivity is a problem. I also wonder about whether I need to do more with the format to make it a bit more interesting? I personally like single stream events with short, sharp talks but I understand people have greater expectations from events these days.
I also probably should have sought at least a small amount of sponsorship but I did want this to be as independent as possible – maybe that was a dumb idea!
I do stand by the idea – a mix of people from education startups and those from a more ‘open education’ background alternating their views of the world has the potential to be an interesting day I think but I do wonder if it has the wider appeal I originally thought.
Oh well, I’m in it to win it now – need to push on but maybe it is worth looking to swap the venue if possible? Any thoughts?