During final preparations for the 99nicu Meetup (yes, there are still empty seats, so you can still register ), we have discussed how to think out-of-the-box for future Meetups.
Is it really the best idea for us to run by the classic conference format and setup? Given the experience for this years Meetup, maybe not. Especially since regular meetings are connected to larger financial risks, and 99nicu is still an project that runs on philanthropic fuels.
One idea is that the 2018 Meetup would be a more crowd-sourced event, and much much cheaper, like #FOAMed but IRL. In addition to one or two high-profiled keynote speakers, the program would include lectures by attending delegates, who volunteer to give talks on a subject they suggest themselves. I have heard so many great lectures by fellows and young consultants and believe we should get a fantastic program with a great variety of topics.
However, as you know there is no free lunches, a small fee to cover lunches would still be needed. But without any real budget work, I think a full three day CME-accredited meeting should be possible to run for ~150 euros/USD. Delegates contributing with a lecture should of course be coming free of charge. And naturally, all delegates would need to cover and arrange their own travels and accommodation.
Just some thoughts from the 99nicu HQs! Please share feedback below.