60 registered as of today; deadline for hotel room reservations is Sept 29th
Concentra working with hotel to reconfigure/reduce room usage to make room for another event; this will increase their bookings and reduce our minimums. More details about budget available after Monday meeting.
6 lightning talks, 3 posters (could be converted to lightning talks)
Free 20 person tour of Science History Institute on Wednesday; can gauge interest in an additional historical walking tour as well ($30)
Next week: finalize plenary day schedule, confirm IG&WG updates, State of Samvera draft, messages to registrants and presenters
Why do we think the numbers are low? Covid, travel budget restraints, more conferences competing, less travel interest overall, managers have more travel funds for more conference attendance. Needs to be on the Partner meeting agenda to discuss how this should impact events going forward. Can we attach Connect to another conference? Or for another joint purpose? Or do we need something that is a working meeting, three days of dev congress and partner and board meeting with a community update, but not a conference?