Every day this May, we’re bringing you another great little reason to head to #exabytes17. While the 7th of July might seem quite a way off, we think now’s the best time to start thinking about arranging cover to be released on the day itself.
At practically every event run by exa.foundation, we make sure to collect feedback. There’s a reason for that - we’re genuinely interested in making our events as good as they can be, and take the time to read through what everyone has to say.
We were able to get some great feedback at #exabytes16, asking a number of groups what worked well, and what would make the conference even better. In a couple of days, we’ll be exploring the ways that we’ve worked to make this year’s #exabytes better for everyone - today, we’re looking at some of the fantastic reviews we had from our attendees last year.
Most of the groups praised the variety of topics covered in workshops, particularly highlighting those which were suitable across different key stages, while also positively responding to being able to vote on sessions. Several groups also mentioned being impressed by the practical workshops, covering topics like cybersecurity and using Raspberry Pi.
A lot of the groups pointed to the timing of sessions as a positive. Every session at #exabytes lasts 40 minutes, with a 20 minute break letting people get around easily. We ran sessions in 6 rooms across our venue last year, covering a truly diverse range of topics across the day.
We also saw a lot of compliments for the venue (Bradford’s Midland Hotel) and the food provided through the day, particularly pointing out the great location - with the hotel right next to Bradford Forster Square train station, it’s very conveniently placed for the majority of delegates.