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Other than CL, Yelp and Eventbrite, what are some good online event calendars to post to?

Make sure you are listed on http://lanyrd.com/—and don’t forget to add you event’s speakers and tag it with the relevant topics (e.g. http://lanyrd.com/topics/social-... )

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Event Planning: What are some useful books and resources on professional events and conference planning?

http://www.quirksmode.org/coh/ is fantastic. It focuses on running small tech conferences, but there’s plenty of advice in there that applies to all sizes of event.

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Events (leisure): How do you organize a conferencce?

Read http://www.quirksmode.org/coh/—and good luck!

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How can I successfully organize a conference?

PPK’s conference organisers handbook is crammed with useful advice on running this kind of event: http://www.quirksmode.org/coh/

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What is the best conference welcome video you’ve ever seen?

Webstock always have awesome opening titles. Here’s their 2013 one: Webstock ’13 opening—it’s worth hunting around for previous years as well.

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What tech conferences will be taking place in Seattle the summer of 2013?

We have a list of upcoming (mostly tech) professional events and conferences in Seattle here: Conferences in Seattle | Conferences & Events | Lanyrd

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What are some personalized ways to search for an event?

For conferences and professional events, try out our service http://lanyrd.com/—if you sign in with Twitter (or LinkedIn) we’ll show you events the people you are connected to are speaking at or attending, and we can make further recommendations based on your interest graph if you let us know which topics you are interested in.

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What should tech conferences, events and planners do to add diversity?

JSConf did something very clever that helped them get 25% female speakers last year: Beating the Odds—How We got 25% Women Speakers for JSConf EU 2012

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How do conferences make money?

Ticket sales and sponsorships.

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Can you advice me some newsletters where I can signup to receive on my email news about web/programming/startups conferences, talks, contests, events, classes?

Our site Lanyrd.com can help with this. You can sign in with Twitter or LinkedIn to see event recommendations based on who you are connected with. Then you can improve those recommendations by tracking topics in geographical areas (e.g. every Social Media event in the USA, or every Mobile event in San Francisco). If you give us your email address we’ll send you an automated weekly email letting you know about newly announced conferences or events that we think you’ll find interesting.

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Events (leisure): What would you think of a conference that had longer hours?

I agree with Lenny Martin, for most events this would just be too long. There’s one exception: events that provide a sit-down dinner and have a talk during that dinner. PyCon UK in Birmingham have done this in the past and it was great—the conference itself ended around 6pm, you have an hour and a half to yourself, then you sit down for a banquet-style meal at 7:30pm with the other attendees. Their dinner speaker was a local historian talking about the science history of the local area, which was a really nice complement to the rest of the conference.

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Events (leisure): How can I get into presentations, mixers and meetups without paying the entry fee?

Speak to the organisers and volunteer to help out at the event. This works for all different sizes of events and is a very effective way of getting in to an event for free. As a volunteer you also get a great excuse to interact more with the attendees and speakers.

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Which is a better site to archive conferences- Conferize or Lanyrd?

We’re very proud of our tools for archiving information from conferences—we support attaching slides, videos, audio clips and other links directly to pages about sessions for conferences. These are then aggregated for the entire conference and are also linked to from our profile pages for individual speakers. If the session has topics attached to it, we also show thumbnails of the coverage elsewhere on the site.

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What are some good ways to search for an event?

Our site, http://lanyrd.com/ aims to solve this problem. We have over 13,000 conferences and other professional events listed (including seminars, meetups etc)—you can search them, but you can also sign in using your Twitter account to see which events your contacts are speaking at or attending.

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What Social Media events or conferences are taking place in November 2011 in San Francisco or New York?

There don’t seem to be many “social media” events happening in November—September and October are peak season.

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What are some technology events to attend in San Francisco Bay Area in Fall 2011?

From browsing through our list here: http://lanyrd.com/places/san-fra... here are the ones that stand out:

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What are the steps that you perform and the tools that you use before, during and after an event/conference?

PPK just published an amazingly comprehensive free guide to running a conference, which includes a chapter on what to do during the event: http://quirksmode.org/coh/confer...

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What are some site/app options for event recommendation/discovery?

Our site http://lanyrd.com/ recommends events (conferences, meetups, expos, guest lectures etc) based on who you follow on Twitter. In my opinion it works extremely well in suggesting events that would be a good fit for you.

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What are the best conferences about startup in 2011 (2nd semester) ?

We have a list of upcoming startup events here: http://lanyrd.com/topics/startups/ ( http://lanyrd.com/topics/startup... lists just the ones in the USA)

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What are some good social media events that will take place in 2011 in Middle East and North Africa region?

User StartupDigestME on Lanyrd follows entrepreneurship events in the region which may also cover social media topics: http://lanyrd.com/people/startup...

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Are there any summer conferences in the Bay Area for web development (or any other technology/Internet related topics)?

Have a browse through the list here: http://lanyrd.com/places/califor...—or filter by web development only: http://lanyrd.com/topics/web-dev...

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What are the most recommended upcoming  mobile tech conferences in North America?

Our site, Lanyrd.com, is relatively new but already has a pretty good list of mobile conferences in the USA. Try this page: http://lanyrd.com/topics/mobile/...

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Is there a good online calendar for upcoming technology conferences?

We’re trying to build exactly this with http://lanyrd.com/—not just for technology conferences, but they are definitely our largest niche.

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Why are tech conferences so expensive to attend?

Large conferences with big name speakers are expensive to organise. They are also priced to what the market will bear.

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This shouldn’t be the image of Hack Day

I love hack days. I was working in the vicinity of Chad Dickerson when he organised the first internal Yahoo! Hack Day back in 2005, and I’ve since participated in hack day events at Yahoo!, Global Radio and the Guardian. I’ve also been to every one of Yahoo!’s Open Hack Day events in London. They’re fantastic, and the team that organises them should be applauded.

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