My wife Cherrie and I have been running the Front-End Design Conference since 2009. All of the prior events have been in St. Petersburg, Florida, but we're running this next one in Portland on August 22nd.
The original point of the conference was to give back to the community. I had been learning so much from people who shared online and I knew that it would be quite a while before I could give back in a technical way. I thought that I could give back by organizing a day for people to learn, share, and have some fun. It has gone very well in St. Pete, but we're struggling with Portland.
The good news is that we have a fantastic location (the Gerding Theater at the Armory) and 7 awesome speakers, who will be covering a wide range of front-end design and dev topics. What we're missing is a big group of like-minded people to celebrate with.
Running an event comes with risk, both financially and socially. At this point, the conf will run very deep in the red but there is something more important than that. The speakers agreed to spend their time preparing a talk and a few people have registered assumedly hoping to get to spend the day with them and some other great people.
We can deal with the financial loss because I can always work more and make up the money. What we can't risk is the chance of disappointing our friends who are speaking and the people who have registered. I don't know what it is that has prevented registrations so far. It could be the dates, lack of promotion on my part, the price, etc. What I can change is the price and the amount of promotion. So, as the conf's final gift back to the community, we're making the event donation only. Pay whatever you think it's worth or that you can afford and come out to spend the day with us in Portland.
If you can't make it out, would you please do me one favor and share this? I'd really appreciate it and I bet anyone who comes out will too.