I'll add a few more here:
- Presenters need more than 1/2 hour to set up. We should encourage at least 45-60 minutes. Set up was pretty chaotic, so clear delegation about who attends to what needs during set up (booth assignments, tech support, poster issues, flipcharts, power, etc.)
- Test power capacity if we are increasing use (monitors, extra computers, peripherals) at any given station, pod or on any given circuit.
- Video tape the presentations for podcasts downloadable from the HCMC web site. I think individual interviews at the booths would be a good idea, too.
- Expand invitation to interdisciplinary projects or projects of interest across campus. There isn't a good venue on campus for this type of display, and the more ideas people can walk away with, the better. We did some of this this year by inviting David Leach from Fine Arts, Mark Roman, and Leslie Saxson/Chris Coey from Linguistics.
- Press more individual flesh for publicity. Flyers and announcements are fine, but nothing beats an enthusiastic face2face plug and commitment to attend.
- More planning as a group and clear delegation of tasks. I have tended to view the showcase as my responsibility, and have been reluctant to involve HCMC staff because many of you are already involved in the project work. The lack of clear delegation caught up to us when I got sick.