[Hacker-event-theory] HEDP #1: Make it easy and rewarding to Volunteer

Nick Farr nick at nickfarr.org
Thu Sep 19 19:40:04 CEST 2013

On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 6:20 AM, Amran <amx109 at gmail.com> wrote:

> i would also point out the difference with regards to the setting of an
> event. i feel its easier to use an online system for volunteering at a
> congress (easier to catch up on sleep, not stressed by environment, less
> distances to get between events) than in a camping setting.

I actually disagree, provided that there are terminals/access
available for people to sign up.

Of course, the Volunteer AND Info Desk should have the capability to
add/remove people from their shifts.  You are right that access to a
computer/phone should not be a prerequisite for volunteering.

>> If at all possible, identify the key "do-ers" in your community and offer
>> them free admission in exchange for volunteering.  If this is not possible
>> for cultural or other reasons, make sure that the rewards for volunteering
>> are tangible and visible to all who attend the conference even if
>> volunteering is a sought-after position.  Having a volunteer credential
>> should garner respect and thanks from attendees--and more than a few
>> applications during and after the event.

Applying to volunteer...which, perhaps doesn't make much since as
there isn't really much of an application process in most events.

The point is that volunteers should *sell* volunteering.  The problem
should be *too many* volunteers, not having too few.


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