What would make you turn in your eval?

We’re working on lots of details for Southwest Fox right now. One of them is figuring out what to offer attendees to ensure that evaluation forms get turned out.

As you can see from some of our previous posts (like The Economics of Conference Food or They like us! They really, really like us!), we really pay attention to the evaluations that our attendees submit. We crunch the numbers they give us and we read all the comments more than once. We may not be able to implement all the changes that people request, but we do at least consider them.

We provide every attendee with a packet of evaluation forms at registration. The packet includes an overall conference evaluation and a short evaluation for each time slot. Unfortunately, lots of people don’t turn in their evaluation packets.

Last year, we were able to increase the yield of evals significantly. Microsoft had given three MSDN licenses to each developer MVP to give away. A number of our speakers and several other friends of Southwest Fox donated some of those gift licenses for raffles. We reserved the last three for a drawing including only those who submitted evaluations.

This year, we don’t have a big-ticket item like that to give away. So our question is what would make you turn in your eval? We know that some people will turn in evaluations with no prize at all. If you’re not one of those, help us figure what to use an incentive.

We want to keep making Southwest Fox better and to do that we need feedback. So give us some ideas on keeping those cards and letters coming.

Registrations heating up, so are prizes

My day started with some sweet news I wanted to share with everyone. Just in case you have not read the news on the Southwest Fox site, I wanted to let you know that Tightline Computers has donated three licenses for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite and MSDN Premium Subscription (1-year), valued at US$11,000 EACH.

That means we have six licenses to give away! Imagine yourself returning to the office on October 20th with one of these licenses. How good would that feel?

Thanks to Andy Kramek and Marcia Akins for this fantastic contribution to the conference.

Not long after I read Marcia’s email, six registrations dropped in the registration email box. Looks like it could be a very busy day.

Door Prizes: Special Announcement

The three organizers (Rick, Doug, and Tamar) from Geek Gatherings are each donating one copy of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite and MSDN Premium Subscription (1-year) as give-aways for Southwest Fox 2008. The subscription retails from Microsoft for US$10,939.

Three lucky attendees will walk away from the conference with all of Microsoft’s top-of-the-line “everything package for developers”, which includes all the Microsoft developer tools, server products, operating systems, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Dynamics, SDKs and more.

You must be registered for the conference to be eligible to win, and present for the drawings. More details to be announced closer to the conference.

125 days until some lucky person has a lot more developer tools in their toolbox!