Last week (Juli 3rd-5th) we hosted at our department the 1st Worldconference on Pursuit of Pattern Languages of Societal Change (PURPLSOC). It is always suspicious if the organizer himself praises his own event: But nonetheless I really believe that the conference was a great success!
Review of PURPLSOC 2015: Success factors
We still have to evaluate all the feedback we’ve got in the closing session but I think there were several attributes of the conference responsible for the success:
- Excellent Keynotes inspired the participants
- Interesting talks with lot of discussion time amplified understanding of different approaches and helped to come to know each other
- Holistic conference design and appearance (purple everywhere, socks…) created community feeling
- Games organised by the experienced Multi Medium Artist George Platts eased the conference atmosphere and helped to make personal contacts
- Warm, sunny weather and surroundings (Unesco Heritage Region)
- Last not least: The wonderful support and care of my team created a cosy and comfortable atmosphere for the participants.
At first we were pretty nervous because we calculated with the double or tripple amount of participants. Instead of 50 participants we expected about 120-150 attenders of the conference. But the feedback pointed in another direction: Most participants were happy that the group was not to big, so that they could get in touch with everybody the wanted and did not miss many talks because of plenty parallel tracks.
Next PURPLSOC: 28th-30th Oct. 2017 in San Francisco
All members of the conference team are now on their deserved holidays. When they come back we will start post-processing and follow-up of the conference. We will report on these activities through our newsletter and I will also write a short comment as weblog article. But one important date I do want already announce: The 2nd World PURPLSOC-Conference will be hosted by Prof. Hajo Neis and held in San Francisco on October 28th-30th 2016. 2017 the conference will be return to Danube University Krems again.