I normally blog about technical topics here, but I'd like to step aside from that for a moment to speak my mind on conference planning.
I recently attended an IT conference - I'll refrain from giving its name, though some of my readers will be likely to guess - and felt decidedly underwhelmed by it. I've planned large group events in the past and thus have experience with the process from multiple angles. Because of that, it really frustrates me to see a conference make easily avoidable mistakes.
I'll also confess that I'm also an introvert and quietly proud of it, so traditional networking techniques have never worked that well for me, though some definitely work better than others. A lot of the following relates to how a series of mistakes can lead to an event that is very unwelcoming for introverts like myself.