People over Tools.
Tech conferences are great to listen to presentations and to mingle with fellow engineers, but usually they don't provide a good place to really get to know each others. Attendees, and especially the speakers have little time to talk to each individual.
Having a much more relaxed environment can have a substantial impact on communication that can lead to cooperation.
Spending a few hours together in the nature or walking around the city is an excellent opportunity for organizers, speakers, and participants to talk to each other in a more natural environment.
That's why, I am organizing outdoor events around tech conferences.
A few examples:
Published on 2018-01-18 by Gabor Szabo