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3 responses to “What’s a Web Conference Without the Web?”

  1. Yves (BeeBole)

    I recently attended the Future of Web Application event in London and everything was really fine, internet connection included (after 3 or 4 hours of technical struggle at their provider side at the beginning)

  2. dahowlett

    @zoli – yes, the wifi was chronically bad and yes that’s what LeWeb08 will be remembered for. But to be frank, a budget of €100K for 1500 people plus iPhones and other wifi devices (which really means 3,000) is not enough. Ask SAP or MSFT how much they spend provisioning for their large conferences. Even then you’ll find it gets spotty. TechEd LV was a defo fail in that regard.

    I didn’t think the heating problem was that bad and Paris was darned cold.

    The food thing was a nightmare. Loic shouldn’t be paying those buggers.

    As for the content, Day 1 wasn’t to my tsate, Day 2 was much better – FOR ME. But the hallway conversations were terrific.

    Do despite problems for me the show was a success. Content wins every time.

  3. Brian

    That is a GREAT post on conferencing, which is really gaining speed in the market. I can recommend a great conferencing guide for newbees to use when figuring out how to get started. The “Quick Start Guide for Web Conferencing”, which I got on Amazon.com, got me up and running in about 25 minutes:

    http://www.amazon.com/Web-Conferencing-Quick-Start-Guide/dp/1448649781/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250795732&sr=8-1

    I read that the http://www.webconferencingcouncil.com had a non-technical relative of equipped with a a Dell E6400 with Windows XP, complete with built-in camera & microphone test this book to see if it was truly a quick start. This relative was able to start a multi-point meeting in 17 minutes, was able to share her desktop and present an online presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint) in under 25 minutes, and even started using the voting and whiteboarding features within 30 minutes – all of it witnessed but uncoached. I was a little bit faster but I am more technical than most.