It’s a hat trick! For the third year in a row, the Gnomedex conference is sold out.
Some supporters have asked us to move the conference to a larger venue, but a larger venue would likely increase the ticket price for attendees. Moreover, we realize that the optimal Gnomedex audience size is between 300 – 400 people. For future Gnomedexes in the Seattle area, we have considered looking into Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Center in Redmond – but have yet to hear back from anyone on pricing, size, etc.
Since the main auditorium for Gnomedex 7.0 is now at capacity, community members have requested that we open the external Sound and Cove chambers for an in-house video feed – which we are now officially doing. There are now 50 additional passes available for the Gnomedex 7.0 conference.
Despite having to incur a greater cost for the extra rooms, and despite accepting registrations in the last week leading up to the event, we will not increase the ticket price – it will remain the same. Consider that other conference coordinators might be inclined to do the opposite.
The Overflow pass will give you access to everything and everybody, but entrance into the main auditorium will not be permitted (fire code). There will be the “Sound” room for silent observation of the live video feed, and the “Cove” room for those Gnomedexers who would rather have a vocal backchannel with the live video feed.
We can’t guarantee direct interaction between the Overflow rooms and the main auditorium, as that has been difficult (and expensive) to manage in the past. As always, we will do our best to make sure everybody is treated like a VIP – because as a Gnomedexer, you are.
Lesson to learn: ALWAYS register for Gnomedex early unless you love the overflow rooms. 😉