Did you know that the PDC is assembled and run by the same group that does MIX? At this year’s MIX09 in Las Vegas, we hired a company to facilitate seven on-site focus groups, each comprised of around 10 attendees. While the questions covered a broad range of event topics, many related to our “online experience.” Here is a small sample of verbatim comments:
For PDC09, we decided to invest in a single online platform that addresses this feedback and allows us to reuse and evolve it for both MIX and PDC. The platform is being developed by the same group that built Channel 9 and MIX Online, and it uses Oxite as its foundation.
Here are some of the things we’re doing:
At the end of the day, our goal is to provide both in-person and online attendees with an experience that makes it easy to plan, organize, navigate, consume, and share the content that matters most. Hopefully, we’ve struck the right balance.
As always, we’d love your feedback. Did we miss anything? What would you prioritize?
It has been a few weeks since this post and there is still no option on the registration site to select favorite sessions. Do you have an idea of when that will be available?
Also, do you know when the actual schedule will be confirmed? Having things be scheduled to maximize logistical efficiency is great, but some registrants need to know if there are any relevant sessions late on Thursday so that the appropriate travel plans can be made.
@Michael: We reviewed the "My Sessions" feature this past Thursday, and we suggested a few changes. We'll review it again this Thursday, and if all goes well, it should take a few days to get it fully deployed to the production servers.
Regarding the schedule, that doesn't usually happen until a few weeks prior to the event. I wish we could do it earlier, but there are many logistical issues to address.
Is anyone working on a schedule builder/"My Sessions" feature that's actually usable? At present, the sessions are presented in random order. There's apparently no way to sort them by date & time - an essential feature for building "my schedule".
Wasn't there a nice session grid on the site last year? Showed all the sessions going on at any given time? That was very helpful in coordinating session attendance among our team, and we can't find anything like it this year.