[ox-en] Results from the conference feedback form
- From: Stefan Merten <smerten oekonux.de>
- Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 09:54:25 +0200
I did the evaluation of the conference feedback form and for general
reference I'd like to publish the results.
There were 19 forms returned. Because of bad organization on our side
most if not all have been filled out only during the final plenum
sessions. So this is probably rather representative for the people
participating in this plenum but not as representative for all
The feedback form was (unfortunately :-( ) in German so people without
knowing German had a few difficulties but I think by the help of
others it was feasible. Below I translated the German questions and
all German answers to English.
1. How satisfied have you been
[lower numbers are better on a scale 1-6]
a) with the organization of the conference before the event?
b) with the organization during the conference?
c) with the topics chosen for the conference?
d) with the content of the contributions?
Min Max Median Average
1.a) 1 4 2 2,06
1.b) 1 3 2 2,05
1.c) 1 4 2 1,95
1.d) 1 3 2 1,95
So by all figures on average we did a good job :-) .
2. How did you hear of the conference?
WWW 27% 6
Mailing list 23% 5
Private mail 27% 6
Someone told me 23% 5
Poster 0% 0
Flyer 0% 0
Magazine 0% 0
Other 0% 0
So once more the effect of posters, flyers, and magazine on people
participating in the conference is exactly zero. I consider this one
more point arguing against spending money on these media next time.
On the other hand virtual or private distribution channels are as
effective as they always have been.
3. Your age and gender?
Min Max Median Average
Age 21 49 30 32,81
Female 6% 1
Male 94% 16
So once more the range of ages participating in the conference is
considerable and on average in the beginning 30s. And as usual most
participants are male.
4. Where do you live?
Vienna 26% 5
Vienna region 0% 0
Austria 0% 0
Germany 32% 6
Other foreign country 42% 8
Other foreign country Count
I think this is the question where the misorganization of the
feedback form had most impact. I think the share of Germans on the
conference has been a bit higher than the figures above show.
However, it is remarkable that here the figure of non-German
speaking countries is close to 50% already.
On the other hand the share of people from Austria or Vienna region
is zero. So once more the Oekonux conference was more like an UFO
from cyperspace which did not attract local inhabitants very much.
There also were a number of questions people could answer with text.
Here are the results. Same numbers refer to the same feedback form so
you can see which answers are coming from the same person.
What did you like particularly (contribution, organization)?
WUK was perfect
Openness of contributions and discussion
The readiness to help and friendlyness
Breadth of content
Range of speakers
Hans-GertG's Future of Work
The evening in the Nuu was really great
Networking with others
Getting lots of applied information
Great diversity of views
Respectful forms of dialogs during workshops
It feels very good [sehr wohltuend] to at all think about in an easy
[unverkrampft] way how the existing dominant system could be
Exchange references and opinions
Meeting new friends
Discussion is resilient
Drinking together with new friends
Friendly, human environment
Constructive and open nature of discussions
Came into contact with people
Lots of brain food
In general the very varied perspectives [Haltungen] and thoughts
Mixing of English/German talks etc. seemed better
Some very excellent (and very unexpected) speakers
Very active audience participation in all sessions I saw
What did you dislike particularly (contribution, organization)?
Difficult to follow the tracks in English
The solution for the WUK key (could not enter at night!)
The shower option
No WLAN in the sofa room
Interesting talks were cancelled (for instance: Simputer)
Sometimes very high level [abgehoben] discussions
Did not know about WUK accomodation
Did not know about travel funds organized by Oekonux
Lack of female representation
Accomodation in WUK was partially chaotic
1. It seems a lot of time was wasted in the online discussions for
presenters. one weekly email would suffice, with to-the-point
information. Suggestion: Just organize the conference yourselves
(core organization team). I trust that you will have made good
2. Don't get attached to the ideology of "self-organization" - the
presenters are not in a position to "self-organize" unless they
spend a lot of time learning and preparing. There's no need for
everyone to spend this time, it's simply wasteful in terms of
German language (my German is only for survival not good for
Immaterial work (ThomasA)
Organization - didn't find my way easily to Oekonux wiki
Would have been willing to pay for more food
Info about travel to evening events could have been clearer
Too little studies how free software self-organizes or gets
Some control over commercial content of talks may be needed in
future (or at least discussed)
German talks when there were English speaking participants
What do you wish for a next conference (content, organizational)?
That it takes place
More information on the Oekonux project
That it will be as super as this one
Contributions about practical projects
Contact not only by e-mail, this is to anonymous to me (if you don't
know each other). In emergency cases there should be someone who
receives phone calls
More introduction to individuals
More info about speakers
Better overview of conference events, speakers and contributions
1. Have more women participants.
2. Focus on practical application of os to address pressing world
issues. Yes - helping people making a living - especially the
80% of the world population that doesn't have access to basic
needs - is the key potential of OS thinking.
3. Have more speakers, start at 9AM, have perhaps shorter slots,
have more networking time mixed between speakers / talks.
Perhaps at the last day or the previous day OpenSpace format.
Would be good to circulate the conference info more widely to draw
more participants and contributions
Various attempts to transfer (state of affairs, going [Verlauf])
Selbstentfaltung in free material projects
Studies about the development in Free Projects
Transmission from cooperations Free software to touchable exchange
Conditions of Selbstentfaltung in material Free projects
OpenSpace equipment (black board, Eddings, paper, pins)
More time together (discussions)
More contributions to "free vs. business-friendly"
More time/space for alternative presentations
Broader investigation of the relation of Oekonux to the world
Extension of perspectives in the direction of alternative
Organization: projekt oekonux.de