Reasons for attendance drop off

>Focusing on expense is a short term way to manage a loss in the
>front end, the bottom line. It would be useful to talk about
>solutions that drive attendance, IMHO.

I agree and would like to see if we can brainstorm some ideas that
might spur discussions, other ideas, etc.

1) Provide a mechanism for vendors to send to NANOG a box of schwag
(Tshirts, USB memsticks, USB disks loaded with freeware, product
literature, whatever). This might provide a subtle enticement to get a
NANOG vendor kit. I know some people purposely bring a bag with too
few clothes with the expectation of getting tshirts to wear on the way

  since you can't register w/o specifying a shirt size,
  this is not an unreasonable assumption.

2) Identify/recruit Adhoc Working Groups that may be for small public
groups, and provide sign-outable breakout rooms for these meetings.
This would leverage the "we are all in the same place at the same
time" aspect of NANOG, and facilitate additional value for the
attendees that attend these meetings. Their alternative might be going
out to dinner, which may or may not work as well. I guess the addition
here as compared with previous break out rooms is to assign a schedule
(time and a meeting name, a facilitator) to allocated meetings and
descriptions of the meeting.

  for me, NANOG is mostly irrelevent to me, I'm not a "Tier-X" ISP,
  and my networking needs only tangentially involve the 2x32 routes,
  MPLS/circuit switching @ 100Gb, or the like. So if I come to
  NANOG, its to (borrowing from friend Gibbard) get a new/fresh
  perspective on topics that are interesting to me.

>I would hope that there is plan in place to address this for the
>Toronto meeting.


[For context, this is a thread that is happening on the nanog-futures mailing list. To subscribe, echo "subscribe nanog-futures" | mail I'm not entirely sure how the thread escaped onto this list, but it might be nice if it could be herded back.]