Let me start off by saying this is 100% my fault.
We scheduled BriForum 2008 Chicago for Mon-Wed, April 14-16, 2008 (at the Chicago Navy Pier! Score!) Unfortunately I just learned that the Microsoft Global MVP Summit is from April 14-17, 2008. (The MVP event was scheduled way before ours. I just forgot to include it in the list of potential date conflicts before we booked our event.)
What does this mean? First of all, probably half our speakers are MVPs. The global MVP summit is an opporunity for the MVPs to spend several days in deep conversations with the product group teams at Microsoft. If we keep the schedule with these two event conflicting, it's really not fair to ask the presenters to choose one event over the other. (It also means we wouldn't have anyone from the TS product group at BriForum.)
So now what do we do? There are several options:
- Keep BriForum scheduled for April 14-17. (I think this would be bad)
- Move BriForum to a different Mon-Wed, but due to Chicago event bookings we'd probably have to push BriForum into June. (If they even can find availability.)
- Move BriForum so that one or more days are on a weekend. This would be MUCH easier to schedule.
In the past several years, people have asked us to consider a weekend date for BriForum. But we've always thought that people like missing work. :) What do you think? One weekend day or two? Fri-Sun? Thur-Sat? Sun-Tue? Mon-Wed? Please share your thoughts below.
UPDATE: We just created a very simple online survey to collect results. Thanks again for sharing your feedback!