It is our intention to provide the best framework for the best possible experience and we spare neither trouble nor expenses to make this happen. With the lessons learned we believe that this is an ongoing process in many areas.
After testing quite a few setups the current location is, at this moment, the best we could find in Berlin. Plenty of space and nice surroundings in a vibrant part of the city. So we will stick with that one.
Since this event is (more or less) self-organized it is hard to find the right setup to present all topics in a way where they don't interfere with each other. From the fixed timetable at the first dotfmp until the slightly chaotic one on the last we are still not really happy with how it goes. Therefore we decided to hand over the handling of topics to so-called "Room moderators". These are people who take care of a room for at least half a day and are the Person in Charge for everything what happens there. They carry the key, they look for the right topics/sessions and they will steer the presentation. And besides all that they will give the room a "special flavour" of their own/their company/their country.
With the growing interest of people to attend and share it gets harder and harder not to loose track on the many quite interesting topics and discussions. A great demand of many people, amongst others to solve that problem, was to lower the number of attendees. This gets me in quite a difficult situation: On one hand I really like to provide this exciting experience to all those high professionals who wants to share and on the other hand I totally understand this demand and try to find a way inbetween.
Therefore we are raising a hurdle and ask for a fixed fee of 333,33 EUR net of tax to attend and limit the number of available spots to 60 people. If that number is reached only Room moderators can issue invitations for people they think will add an increase of professionality. Furthermore we set up a poll to ask for YOUR opinion on how to handle this situation. Please have a look at "WNTK" (We Need To Know") above.
Usage of the income:
In general ALL costs will be backed up by us, which means if we can't cover the expenses by the income, we personally pay for it. Since there is no "Showing your sympathy" this year, we rely solely on the number of attendees (who pay!).
One of the most cost-instensive expenses were always the system setup/website/backend, which were, for various reasons, never usable a second time. Amongst others this was the reason to start building our own system using FileMaker as the editing backend with the great help of some of the smartest brains I know! ;o) While this is a great expense this time it shall be a one-time investment from now on. More features are in the making and will be added until the event takes place.
Furthermore we provide the venue, the refreshments served during the event and a 10MB synchron WIFI.
We will issue an invoice once the system is ready!
Since this system is still a work in progress we will add new features soon. Things like scheduling a topic or adding your avatar and even paying your invoice will be added until End of March.
If you have any question please add it in the FAQ. If you have any idea or request (or even found a bug) please drop us a note in the CONTACT part.