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  Reply # 290024 14-Jan-2010 15:39
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I like the single venue idea from networking point of view. I like the multiple venue idea from the logistics of organizing Pizza / prizes point of view. However, I will be happy to get a seat at this stage (having missed out on the last two deadlines for Auckland!) - so I am not fussy either way!




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  Reply # 290031 14-Jan-2010 16:20
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freitasm: Folks, a question though...

We will be accommodating 180 people in three centres. Some are traveling to attend the event (some even attending more than one). The main reason for that is because of the huge networking opportunities these events allow.

But... Would you rather have a 400 people event in a single location instead, effectively making it twice as large, but in a single venue?


I definately prefer the current format.
Although Air NZ have come to the party and you can find some good prices if you look, with 5 kids who's birthdays run one a month after Xmas I'd doubt I could afford the plane fares.
With it in the south island it gives people alot cheaper option to get to it. (Even from Dunedin, Invercargill)
And as fellow geeks have said, trying to network with 400 people, eating, prizes etc... in one night would almost be like speed dating IMOHO.



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  Reply # 290034 14-Jan-2010 16:26
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Folks, a reminder about our sponsors - make sure to visit their websites so they know we love them:

Premiere sponsors:

Dinner: Freeview is sponsoring the pizza in all our events.

Drinks: Telecom New Zealand is the main drinks sponsor in all our events.

Travel: Air New Zealand is sponsoring flights (giveaway here).

Other prizes:

- 2degreesmobile (three $200 SIM + three $150 SIM or topup if existing customer)
- Altaro (21 licenses for Oops!Backup for Windows)
- Data centre limited (3x 1U colocation plus unlimited bandwidth for one year - you must register your interest at www.datacentre.co.nz before the meeting, drinks AKL)
- DTV Solutions (Homecast HT9200DTR WLG, three DTVS-1B satellite receivers)
- Microsoft New Zealand (three Windows 7 Ultimate retail)
- NETGEAR (three EVA2000 )
- Nutshell Leather Cases (one leather case matching each of the Telecom handsets below)
- NZ Internet Shop (Aeropress coffee maker WLG)
- NZS.com (online advertising packages)
- Quay Corporate (24" LCD WLG)
- sniff (drinks AKL/CHC/WLG)
- Sony Ericsson (three W705 mobile phones, suitable for XT network)
- Stickemen Studios (concept art for King Fu Funk, Doc Clock, Dragon Master Spell Caster and Shadow Rising videogames)
- Telecom New Zealand (two sierra wireless 885u USB mobile broadband modem, two Samsung Ultra Touch S8300T, one Sony Ericsson W995 and one Sony Ericsson W705)






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  Reply # 290045 14-Jan-2010 17:13
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Tel69:
freitasm: Folks, a question though...

We will be accommodating 180 people in three centres. Some are traveling to attend the event (some even attending more than one). The main reason for that is because of the huge networking opportunities these events allow.

But... Would you rather have a 400 people event in a single location instead, effectively making it twice as large, but in a single venue?


I definately prefer the current format.
Although Air NZ have come to the party and you can find some good prices if you look, with 5 kids who's birthdays run one a month after Xmas I'd doubt I could afford the plane fares.
With it in the south island it gives people alot cheaper option to get to it. (Even from Dunedin, Invercargill)
And as fellow geeks have said, trying to network with 400 people, eating, prizes etc... in one night would almost be like speed dating IMOHO.


I totally agree - 3 venues spread around is far better as it "spreads the love" further afield. It's a shame that there can't be more attending at each venue, but I understand how it would cost considerably more to support 3 functions rather than 1. Networking with 400 people... ouch.

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  Reply # 290048 14-Jan-2010 17:21
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Other prizes:

- 2degreesmobile (three $200 SIM + three $150 SIM or topup if existing customer)
- Altaro (21 licenses for Oops!Backup for Windows)
- Data centre limited (3x 1U colocation plus unlimited bandwidth for one year - you must register your interest at www.datacentre.co.nz before the meeting, drinks AKL)
- DTV Solutions (Homecast HT9200DTR WLG, three DTVS-1B satellite receivers)
- Microsoft New Zealand (three Windows 7 Ultimate retail)
- NETGEAR (three EVA2000 )
- Nutshell Leather Cases (one leather case matching each of the Telecom handsets below)
- NZ Internet Shop (Aeropress coffee maker WLG)
- NZS.com (online advertising packages)
- Quay Corporate (24" LCD WLG)
- sniff (drinks AKL/CHC/WLG)
- Sony Ericsson (three W705 mobile phones, suitable for XT network)
- Stickemen Studios (concept art for King Fu Funk, Doc Clock, Dragon Master Spell Caster and Shadow Rising videogames)
- Telecom New Zealand (two sierra wireless 885u USB mobile broadband modem, two Samsung Ultra Touch S8300T, one Sony Ericsson W995 and one Sony Ericsson W705)





talking of prizes and since i hvnt been to these meets b4, I want to know what will b these prizes for ? games? quizzes ? obviously der has to b something intrstng than a simple lucky draw!!



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Reply # 290050 14-Jan-2010 17:32
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sep11guy: talking of prizes and since i hvnt been to these meets b4, I want to know what will b these prizes for ? games? quizzes ? obviously der has to b something intrstng than a simple lucky draw!!


They'll go to those who "can speak English good" (Zoolander) and don't use TXT speak.

Seriously though, at some stage we stop eating and run some draws.





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  Reply # 290084 14-Jan-2010 18:50
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The current format does seem to be better / less hassle for people to travel to one place.
Being a subscriber made it nice and easy to get in :)
Look forward to the Auck event

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  Reply # 290095 14-Jan-2010 20:08
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Best of luck to all for tomorrows registrations, hoping to be among you.

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  Reply # 290111 14-Jan-2010 21:12
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freitasm: Folks, a question though...

We will be accommodating 180 people in three centres. Some are traveling to attend the event (some even attending more than one). The main reason for that is because of the huge networking opportunities these events allow.

But... Would you rather have a 400 people event in a single location instead, effectively making it twice as large, but in a single venue?




both? ;)




also, perhaps for future registrations, have them open at different times for the different days, in case people are always unavailable at the same time each day?

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  Reply # 290276 15-Jan-2010 12:04
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Phew, made it. :)

Look forward to meeting you all

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  Reply # 290280 15-Jan-2010 12:11
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Woot! all confirmed.

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  Reply # 290282 15-Jan-2010 12:14
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Well done Chris. And to everyone else. See you there.




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  Reply # 290285 15-Jan-2010 12:25
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Wellington is full. I have three in waiting list now.

Christchurc still has a few seats available.

Auckland has three seats available, some people haven't completed the registration yet (waiting for the magic click on the confirmation links folks).

I will post updated lists at 1pm.







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