Breakout Sessions

Recently I’ve started mentioning this idea of breakout sessions in passing and on the website.

I wanted to take a few minutes to clarify what exactly I mean by “breakout sessions” and how they will work.

The Setup

The first step is to load your brain full of tantalizing libraries, techniques and facts. This will happen during the core of the conference in talks, workshops, and other sessions.
I’ve asked each of our presenters to prepare their sessions with a special goal in mind: plant ideas and stir interest in continued exploration of your topic.

After a full day or so of this, you’ll be raring to go. You’ll want to let loose and try ideas out while they are still fresh in your mind.

The Breakout

On the second day of the conference, we’ll be hosting a special multi-hour “breakout” session. In this session, you’ll be let loose amongst staff, presenters and fellow attendees to form groups and explore new ideas.
This may sounds like a lot of setup and hassle, but don’t worry, we’ve got it all taken care of.

We’ll provide:

  • A randomly-generated group, lest you bring your own or would rather go it alone.
  • Private group channels with video chat to collaborate upon.
  • Free access to resources like Digital Ocean Droplets or AWS.
  • Direct access to speakers; ask questions, share code, and get expert input.

The Share

Later in the day, you’ll have the opportunity to share what you built in a lightning talk period.

After a break and brief voting period, we’ll announce an overall winner and fan favourite, for which both teams will receive some prizes 😉

How to get your tickets

The final piece of the puzzle is how you get your tickets. From now until Dec. 1, early-bird tickets are available at $349. After which, the price will go up to $425.

Get your tickets while they’re hot!

Introducing Speaker Profit Sharing

Hello fellow Clojurists, I hope you’ve had a pleasant weekend. I’ve got some rather substantial news I’d like to share with you that might further brighten up your day!

I’ve been mulling over this for a while and I think I’m finally ready to make it official: speakers at CR17 will receive profit sharing of 1%/hr for their session.

Why now?

Sharing knowledge professionally is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, but one that I think is underserved and disincentivized by one mean or another.

If you’ve interacted with me over the years, you know I love a good ‘ole collaborative project (read: Clojure Remote). It was always a dream of mine to do work like that and give back in some substantial fashion.

I believe that thanks and a high-five are great for things like minor PRs and contributions. For kinds of help like speaking and preparing quality professional content, however, I feel a more significant reward is in order.

With Cookbook, the economics weren’t there to make this happen; I’d have been giving away a few dollars here and there, with very little impact.

This year with CR17 I have the unique opportunity to actually pull this off…

By the numbers

With the change in scale/format this year, the economics are finally in place to offer tangible profit sharing.

This year, I’ll be offering speakers & presenters 1% profit sharing per hour of delivered content, in addition to their complimentary ticket and support building their talk.

How does this look by the numbers?

Last year, Clojure Remote grossed about $20k USD. Had it been profit-shared, a 40m talk would have been $133, a 1h session $200, and a 2h workshop $400. OK, but not great.

This year, I’m forecasting profit of about $40-60k. If we fill about 100-150 seats (we did 225 last year), payouts would be:

  • For a 40m talk ~ $250 – $400
  • For a 1h session ~ $400 – $600
  • For a 2h workshop ~ $800 – $1600

Of course, speakers may also promote the project themselves using an affiliate link and receive 10% from every ticket purchased in their name.

All in all, I think there is a tremendous opportunity to give back and build a community of engaged speakers.

My CFP pitch calendar is always open. Read about our CFP, then pick a time to pitch your talk or session.

-Ryan @ Clojure Remote