22 April 2006
If you’re going to have a technical conference that’s one or two full days, I have two key concepts for you:
1) Power available to everyone.
2) A place for everyone to put their laptop that makes notetaking convenient.
There were these devices invented many thousands of years ago, though it seems novel to this group: tables. Sure, you can’t pack as many people into the room, but people will actually learn more if they’re not fussing about looking for power.
While the chairs are wonderfully comfy, I’d rather have tables and power.
Should you be planning an event, the standard parlance is “classroom seating” rather than “theater seating.” This will cut the capacity of the room approximately in half, but everyone will be a lot happier.