Reaching them is the key and the most difficult part of this project. I can handle organizing the event but I do not have much expertise in promotion. Any assistance/support on this aspect would be greatly appreciated. I'm not looking for a gigantic event but I would like the efforts of those incurring significant expense to attend, especially manufacturers, to be worth it for them.
Everyone benefits from their presence as they help bring the state of the art to us directly. This allows us to sample all these goodies personally, a rare opportunity indeed, in our own back yard instead of just reading about it.
Additionally, a larger attendance allows people to meet more individuals with similar interests. It also allows attendees to bring their own equipment for others to enjoy. The DIY crowd was large at CanFEST 1 and minimally existent at CanFEST 2. Unfortunately, we didn't plan properly for CanFEST 1 and didn't have enough room for them. I think that was understandably upsetting to them. At CanFEST 2 we rented a totally separate room for the DIY crowd to give them a great area and unfortunately not one DIYer used the room. Maybe CanFEST 3 will see their return. We sure hope so. They are a very important component to the success of this type of event especially by showing others what is possible beyond standard industry equipment. This helps to keep the hobby going at several different levels, especially if we can bring in and expose the younger crowd to this aspect of the hobby.
Keep your ideas and support coming.
Edited by DannyB - 10/18/11 at 3:14pm