I was sort of playing with this idea, in Jan/Feb this year, and emailed a few Experts, and got responses from 5 or 6 Active Experts, that I had exchanged comments with in my activity on EE, in the last 4 years that said they would be happy to present on a topic, for 30-40 minutes.
I certainly do not know ALL the UK Experts, so now it's you turn to comment...speak up.... what do you think....
It was also posted on Facebook, and there was some interest in a "Meet-Up", my initial idea, was more around a "formal" day, depending upon numbers, and Experts wanting to present, one, two or three Technical tracks...
I know it's so difficult for your Employees, to grant a day off work, on what is maybe perceived as a "jolly", and therefore, it would require some value add, if your Employer was going to pay your expenses for the day to attend.
Certainly after the "event", we can do a Meet-Up at the Bar, and if people just want to turn up later on for this that's fine.
A FREE Day for ALL! (Exisiting Experts, new EE Experts, an non EE experts!)
A Users Group for Users By Users (or Experts). with some Sponsorship from Experts Exchange e.g. payment for the venue, Coffee/Biscuits/Pastries, Lunch, but it would be arranged by Experts for Experts/Users of EE, meet existing Experts, Top Experts, Meet new users to the site.
The day broken up into a Morning and Afternoon session, presentations by Experts and Vendors (I'm sure I can get Vendors to come, they love to sell their wares, e.g. Microsoft, VMware, Veeam, etc)
EE Branding where possible on Presentations, EE SWAG for User Competitions, (Marketing Opportunity in obtaining business cards, Users email addresses)
Agenda for the Day
Start at 8.00am, finish at 17.30pm
08.30 - 09.00 Registration/Introductions
09.00 - 09.30 Brian slot maybe?
09.30 - 10.30 Vendor Session 1
10.30 - 11.00 Break - Coffee
11.00 - 11.30 Expert Session 1
11.30 - 12.00 Expert Session 2
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 13.30 Vendor Session 2
13.30 - 14.00 Expert Session 3
14.00 - 14.30 Expert Session 4
14.30 - 15.00 Break
15.00 - 15.30 Vendor Session 3
15.30 - 16.00 Expert Session 5
16:00 - 16.30 - Expert Session 6
16.30 - 17.30 Ask an EE Expert - Live Session
17.30 - Late - Meet Up, Beers!
It's a rough idea, times may need to change, depending upon Expert availability and vendors etc