If you're interested in learning about how conferences can be more engaging, here's a message from Curtis Bonk:
"You might be interested in an open/free online event organized and hosted by AACE: Spaces of Interaction: An online conversation on improving traditional conferences. George Siemens is leading the effort. Tom Reynolds, Mimi Lee, Erik Duval, Ellen Wagner, Margaret Driscoll, Jon Dron, Gary Marks, myself, and various others are on the planning committee as well.
You can sign up here: http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/ and join the ning site here: http://aacecommunity.ning.com/
The event will run from Feb 18-20. We will be announcing speakers and panels shortly. Discussions will be held both synchronously and asynchronously.
The main goal of the conversation is to share opinions, insights, ideas, and practical suggestions on how we can create more engaging conferences.
The event is open, so anyone currently involved in organizing a conference is welcome to attend. For that matter, the nature of our discussion will likely transfer somewhat into ways to improve any type of F2F interaction (classrooms, seminars, workshops)."