How to Host a Conference/Social Events
After a long intensive day of speakers and/or training, a more casual opportunity for networking will be welcomed by most all attendees. Depending on the size and location of your event you may want to consider one or several of the following options:
- OWASP "meet up" at a local pub
- OWASP gala dinner
- Corporate sponsored party
- Guided site seeing tours
- Group outing to a sporting event
In many cases you can include an optional fee to be paid to cover the costs of the event. In the case of a corporate sponsored event, the sponsor would cover the costs. Very often, however, an informal yet organized (planned) evening at the pub will be sufficient to facilitate networking among conference attendees and speakers.
Be sure to remind everyone at the end of the last talk for the day of the location of the gathering, the cost (if any), and the start time for the next days speakers.
Whatever you plan, however, be sure to include some free time for people to do things on their own.