Yes, this post is for those amongst us who had hoped to duck the Broome issue this year. (-:
There are many great places which will miss out on holding an LCA for the very simple reason that they don’t have critical mass. Broome is one of them.
Cairns is another one.
Would you rather cram into a theatre at 9AM for a slideshow, or be wallowing in fresh mangoes by a warm beach at 7AM on Green Island?
Training to rein in PERL bugs, or straining out the windows of Kuranda Railway?
Then consider a few other places — like Devonport, where a conference could be run on the Spirit of Tasmania each way from Melbourne (try a Sheffield health retreat; where else would you go?) — or across a table of Simmo’s at Busselton or Dunsborough — or (who knows?) in the splendidly characteresque, forested, exquisitely built Hahndorf?
Splitting the Conf up into enough pieces to fit into all of these places is a bit much to consider, all in one go — but I wonder, have we thrown enough technology at the problem yet?
Half a day of frenetic activity followed by an afternoon in spa or pool, watching video from the other location(s), trimmed & compressed to fit across the wires (most of these places have at least ADSL2) seems a lot more reasonable. Themes for the locations (development here, networking here, Ruby here, desktop stuff here, games here, server stuff here, etc) so those deeply interested in interactive involvement can become more directly involved would ease the choice of where actually to go.
Distributing the locations across 4 or 5 wide-spaced sites would make travel a more reasonable option for visitors in every state (sandgropers to Broome, banana benders to Cairns, crow-eaters & ’Springers to Hahndorf, Victorians & Tasmaniacs to Devonport etc).
Not a final solution, not a 2009 answer in one hit, but something to start thinking about & planning for.