Brian Shaler

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Geek Week AZ

I had a meeting today with some of the all-stars in the local tech and business event planning community. The foundation is still being laid and nothing is set in stone, but we discussed ways to work together to make all the tech and business events in Phoenix bigger and better.

In Phoenix, we have quite a few great events, and while some are bursting at the seams, they could all use a little more exposure. Ranging from 80-600 attendees, these events have the potential of collectively drawing crowds of 1,000-2,000 people (with 5,000+ in the not-too-distant future) if they strategically work together.

The general concept is to plan the events around each other to make what could be called a festival of conferences. Each participating event would still organize its own content and have its own committees, but there would (ideally) be an umbrella committee that works to line up the venue and festival-wide sponsorships.

Imagine if we could all take a week off and enjoy back-to-back events like PodCampAZ, AZ Entrepreneurship Conference, Ignite Phoenix, BarCampPhoenix, Startup Weekend Phoenix, and even BIL Conference.

This type of event would draw people from all around the Phoenix metropolitan area and even people from out of state.

There is much to be done before anything like this can happen, but the meetings have started and it is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.

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3 Responses to “Geek Week AZ”

  1. January 6th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Eric Torres says:

    I would love to be a part of any of these events as a sponsor/ exhibitor.

    I offer on demand custom clothing printed digitally one at a time, in full color with no setup fees and no minimums. Also to offer to the public are 10 different clothing lines in my online store

    If I could help contact me at 602-405-4088

    Thank you for your time.

    Eric Torres

  2. January 6th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Nick Bastian says:

    Brian, I like the way you think! Please let me know if I can be of any assistance,

  3. January 7th, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Chuck Reynolds says:

    Something still has to happen to pull all of these groups/meetups together because it’s obvious they’re not working in as good of a capacity as they can on their own. I remember you talking about Geek Week a while back and I still like the idea – you know I’m down to help.

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