Host an iNOG!

We @ iNOG would love to hear from you!

Have a space that can seat 60-100 people and are willing to shout a few pizzas?

Offer your space!

Dates Now canvassing for 2018. We tend to alternate on Wednesdays and Thursdays to give people a chance to come who may have prior engagements on either evening. The dates below are a line in the sand and we're open to modifying them for your awesome space if required.

iNOG::F - Late Feb - Wed 28th 6pm
iNOG::10 - Early Jun - Thurs 7th 6pm
iNOG::11 - Mid Sep - Wed 19th 6pm
iNOG::12 - Late Nov - Thu 29th 6pm

Space We (the iNOG community) are open to any space such that it can comfortably and safely seat a minimum of 60 people albeit a 100 person space is desirable!. You don't have to have a massive space but it has to be suitable for events. Ongoing community feedback has shown that the most successful spaces are warm, comfortable, and quiet. We also require some form of PA(Public Address) system and ability to record talks/slides is ace!). If you can not record the talks we can sometimes assist with an adhoc solution, but we prefer if the host organisation uses their in-house set up. Spaces must be certified to hold the capacity communicated to us i.e. have all the relevant fire certification and exit lighting/escape routes.

Location For now, we strongly favour central locations in Dublin, Ireland, in the central business district but are open to both other towns, cities, and urban locations (if there is strong enough demonstrable interest!).

Format Mini-conference evenings usually take place from 6.30pm-10pm and comprise of 2 parts.

  • The first part is from 6.30pm to 8.00pm: Introduction, Lightning talks x3 (15mins each) and the Thunder talk x1 (25mins), and community outro.
  • The second part is from 8.00pm to 10.00pm: The get-to-know-your-community portion which is all about connecting with and welcoming new members whilst deepening the relationships within our growing community of practice.
Note: We have a Program Committee(PC) in iNOG who help source and screen speakers, however hosts get to optionally provide the Thunder Talk of the evening (which must adhere to the no selling, no recruiting, and Code of Conduct)

Catering We don't expect every host to be able to fill our bellies but providing some healthy food from 6pm (with options for vegetarians, vegans, and coeliacs) is smiled upon! Even if you don't have catering on-site, usually some pizzas can fill the gap. We use the 0.4 pizzas per person and 20% vegetarian, 5% vegan and 5% gluten free metrics to plan. We also love to have some refreshments on hand:

  • non-alcoholic (soft drinks / water / juice)
  • alcoholic (helps with social lubrication!)
  • tea/coffee
We have found that 3 beers per person is a good enough metric that covers the distribution well. We recommend that drinks are available throughout the evening and do like to feed attendees as quickly as possible! Reach out to us even if you think catering is going to be a challenge!

Collaboration We tend to plan iNOGs with host organisations anything from 6-16 weeks in advance (the earlier the better!) and have custom event runsheets covering everything here and more. About 4-5 planning calls of 30mins or more (most of which usually take place closer to the event). We also mandate an early AV test run and walk-through with all speakers and organisers on-site 3-10 days in advance. We do strongly advocate the 5Ps!

Promotion We will happily co-market and co-brand the event but do not allow any sales pitches or recruitment drives. By virtue of bringing a group of specialists together, we understand the inherent value in the group but also the fragility of community. We advocate that the better the attendee experience in your space (without being sold to in any way) actually means that you are passively demonstrating your culture to engineers and actively engaging in what we call "sheep-dipping" in your brand/organisation. We only allow "swag" that is opt-in and not in the direct path of attendees where they actively have to refuse it to partake in the normal event experience. Don't get us wrong, we love free stuff, but it has to be opt-in!

We also subscribe to and are very serious about our Code of Conduct in relation to talks, spaces, events, online interaction and the values we promote.

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