I didn’t attend the conference last year, and probably won’t again (I just don’t enjoy them - in general that is, not just hackference), but I did attend the hack, and for the first time (of the three times I’ve been), I didn’t really know anyone there. Not that I knew a whole host of folks the first two times, but I knew and recognised enough people in attendance, and was able to team up with @DaveDev the first year, and with @pads the second. Just about the only person I knew this time was @TauOmicronMu (and your good self, of course)
Now I’m not saying this is a bad thing, so much, as I probably should stop being a wallflower, and just dive in, but that’s easier said than done.
But one way in which it might be made easier for folks like me is if the hackference slack was channel was made a more active part of the event before the event started. This would allow people to get to know one another, and maybe facilitate the easier forming of teams for people who don’t have one, along with some pre-planning on projects, etc…
Now it’s possible the slack was promoted prior to the event, but I didn’t know about it until the day, and I’m sure that a lot of others didn’t either. Of course promoting the slack isn’t the same as actually getting people to use it, but maybe there’s some gamification which can be employed to encourage it.
Anyway, that’s just about all I have for now. If I think of anything else, I’ll shout out.