The programme is open to anyone. If you want something to happen on the programme then you need to run it yourself or hassle someone else to do it. Anyone can propose a programme item doing (almost) anything. If people like the sound of your item and you are willing to do the work then it will happen. When and where will be sorted later by general consensus.
The Officers will veto anything illegal, e.g. goat buggery; anything they judge to be too dangerous, e.g. goat swallowing; or anything likely to cause problems with the hotel, e.g. exploding goats. What constitutes illegal, too dangerous or bad for the convention's relationship with the hotel is entirely down to the Officers. They are the people with the legal and financial responsibilties if things go wrong, so their word is law.
If the programme item is going to cost money and you want the convention to pay for it then you need to speak to the Officers, and, to start with, make a note of them on the budget page. As a general rule, if the convention has the money and no one has a better, more popular idea for how to spend it, then it's yours. If you wish to use your own money, no one will stop you.
Ideas, Items and Scheduling
At this stage of the planning, programme items fall into three categories:
- Scheduled Items
Programme Ideas can be created by anyone. You do not need to commit to organising but ideas will remain just ideas unless you or someone else takes responsibility for making them happen.
Programme Items are ideas where someone has decided to take responsibility for the item and make it happen. However the item has not been scheduled.
Scheduled Items are things that are definitely going to happen at the con.
The Programme Grid contains the 'read me' summary of the programme so you can see what, when and where things are happening.
How to Plan a Programme Item
Anyone can run a programme item at Teledu on any subject as long as it's safe and legal. To do it, all you need to do is create a page on the Wiki and slot it into the Programme Grid. It is that simple. If you want people to help run the item or you are unsure how popular the idea is then post on Live Journal and see what people think.
Things you need to consider when creating your programme item.
How To Create A Programme Item. A guide to the mechanics of creating a new programme item.
Technical Wiki Stuff
- During the convention, the partitions will be in place as its unlikely we will need the entire function space as one area. Anything requiring that much space can be outside.
- Wigston 1(the largest room) will have the stage against the outside wall so reduce noise pollution and allow people to enter and exit at the rear of the audience. This will also create space at the far end of the room for storage of non-valuable, bulky items.
- Oadby (2nd largest room, adjacent to the Wigston 1) will be best for workshop style programme items that require an area to spread out (e.g. chaos costuming, lego building).
- Wigston 2 is a walkthrough area from the bar to the function rooms and will be used as a Fannish Living Room. We will get some sofas and set up some bookshelves for book-crossing library. Ideal space for programme items such as listening to the Archers.
- Knighton (medium sized, 30 - 50 people) has solid walls so will be the best room for discussion based items.
- Leicester is a small (approx 15 people) room open for any use.
We also have a park round the corner and the bar area. There is no reason why programme items cannot be scheduled in people's rooms or in place outside the con (.e.g. a visit to a pub or art gallery).