Tips from Seasoned Foo Campers

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Veterans, share your Foo-maximization strategies.

From past years:

Sleep well for a couple days before you come, so you can stay up late with your Foo Campers! (Best conversations are at night - not to mention Werewolf) - Jane McGonigal

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Find people whose work you have no supposed interest in and go to their talks. Foo camp is the time to learn and meet the things and people you are not normally exposed to. Be sure to give a talk if you can, you were invited for a reason! Then play werewolf! - Chris DiBona

I'll refine Chris's comment. One common type of session is "I'll assemble a group of experts in a field beforehand, then at the session we'll thrash out some weighty issue". Another type is "I'll teach you about my area of expertise". If you can, be explicit about what type of session you're running so people know what they're going to. It's often much better to go to a session on a topic you know nothing about (and learn) than it is to go to a session on your topic only to discover you're one of the two experts in the room and the level of discussion is necessarily basic. - Nat Torkington

Pre-packaged slide shows are dull, dull, dull. Please facilitate a conversation instead of rehashing a conference talk! - chromatic

Watch the session board for topics that intersect with your interests, and then find the person who proposed the talk* - maybe you'll want to collaborate on a session! (* There are current photos of all attendees posted in the common area to help people find each other.) - Cat Allman

Don't be shy - give a talk about something you are passionate about . people will be interested to hear. - Yossi

Listen for people who speak provocatively, with some plausible authority, in the sessions, and then seek them out during the breaks. As a great man (name available on application) once said to me: "I never learned anything talking." - Bill Janeway

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