TheNerdBrigade, on 14 July 2013 - 03:08 PM, said:
A stage/area people can sign up to perform on (not the masquerade)
I really second this. Like... A lot. I think it'd be nice to have a more casual place to show off your talents.
And another suggestion:
I don't if this is already being done or even if it can be done (I have never run a panel and have no idea what is or is not required and what does or does go into the planning etc) but can the idea of backup panels be implemented?
It really sucks when a panel is cancelled because of no shows and people who really wanted to see said panel are SOL because of it. I assume that you already get a lot of panels with the same idea so why not implement a back up system that would work like so:
Let's say you get some submissions for a MLP panel. While the focus might be a bit different for each, you notice that in general, they all discuss the characterization and appeal to Bronies. You select the panel that you think will draw the biggest crowd (or however you decide which panels are in and which are out) and the choose a second one which will go on in the event that a panel is cancelled.
Obviously I know that this means several things can get in the way:
1 - how to notify the backup panelists that they are going to be giving a panel at this time?
In order to avoid last minute cancellations, all panelists should be required to arrive to the panel room or a secondary set up room 15 minutes prior to the start of their panel. If they do not arrive, then the back up panelists are then notified. The panel staff would already have the basic equipment (projectors, table, discs etc) so that the back up group need only show up with their special items.
2 - how to notify con goers of the panel change?
In the program book, list the possible back up panels and which panel they will cover for. The rest would be through signage at the panel location.
I also think back-up panelists should get discounted badge rates and then ONLY if they are required to put on the panel would they get the badge price adjusted.
I hope this makes sense. Like I said, I've never run a panel, only been to several that were cancelled and was quite upset that I couldn't see what I wanted to see.