[technology taskforce] TheVerge: Why Slack could be the future of conferences

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 12:26:57 UTC 2015

Oh indeed. For maximum effectiveness, we would have to stop using
Skype and switch to the group chat tool like Slack for our internal
chat communications
There is a way to "bridge" a Skype chat with a Slack channel but
haven't had time to test it

Dev Anand

On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 3:15 AM, Beran Dondeh <berandondeh at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Perhaps we could use it to also share info among our ALAC colleagues on where to go and what to do in dublin
> You want to start it off Dev or perhaps Glenn /Judith
> Beran
> "There is nothing more difficult to arrange and more dangerous to carry through than initiating change..." Machiavelli
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 21 Sep 2015, at 16:50, Dev Anand Teelucksingh <devtee at gmail.com> wrote:
>> http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/18/9349425/slack-future-of-conferences-xoxo-festival
>> Excerpts:
>> "...at the XOXO Festival...I saw a new app remaking the conference
>> experience in more ways than I could count. And the app, strangely
>> enough, is Slack.....
>> ....Here’s how it played out at XOXO Festival, the 4-year-old creative
>> playground curated by internet heroes Andy Baio and Andy McMillan. The
>> Andys, as they are collectively known, bring together comic-book
>> artists, web developers, musicians, designers, startup CEOs, and other
>> creative types to discuss the challenges and triumphs of making things
>> independently, online and off. They limit attendance to about 1,000
>> people chosen through a lottery; the people who attend include many of
>> the forward-thinking types you once found at South By Southwest. And
>> this year, more than a month before the festival, they created a Slack
>> team that anyone attending was free to join....
>> By the time XOXO got underway, attendees had created more than 150
>> channels to discuss and organize around nearly every topic imaginable.
>> The most widely read channels were "the commons," where the Andys
>> posted news about the festival relevant to all attendees. But
>> subgroups formed in a hurry. There were channels for discussing
>> accessibility; channels for singles and the polyamorous; channels for
>> people interested in cannabis; channels for attendees who identify as
>> LGBT. Some channels had dozens of members; others had 10 or fewer.
>> The result was that by the time many attendees arrived in Portland,
>> there was already a subset of their fellow festival-goers waiting to
>> greet them. And throughout the three days of XOXO, Slack was a
>> thriving hub of conversation, offering a place for attendees to
>> encourage and congratulate speakers, ask questions about the event’s
>> code of conduct, and find like-minded souls with whom to sneak out and
>> grab a beer, or a bite, or whatever."
>> Dev Anand
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