Parent Driven Development
Episode 014: Conferencing After Babies
00:16 Welcome, Tess and Sean Griffin!
Tess is a Site Engineer at GitHub. Sean is a developer at Shopify, renowned Rails committer, the creator of the Diesel Framework, host of The Yak Shave podcast, and a former host of The Bike Shed podcast.
02:14 Deciding on Conference to Go To and Speak At
09:56 Evening Childcare
Conferences that offer child/kid-friendly after-hours activities are also great for parents. It seems like more conferences like that are popping up and opting for less bar atomosphere gatherings. 👍
16:38 Awesome Conference-Provided Amenities / Wishlist Items
- Swag Options for Kids (onesies and t-shirts!)
- Badges for Kids and Babies
- A list of kid-tolerant folks / Babysitting Co-ops for parents amongst attendees / Equipment share (Could be in the form of a Slack channel.
23:34 Having Answers BEFORE Asking People to Commit
Just having people click a box saying they will need childcare but not having any details about what those plans are isn't cool. (It also gives them a great excuse to turn down coming.) Parents want to know from the get-go that there is a solid childcare plan in place before they commit to going to a conference. Remember, the younger the child, the more logistics are involved around needs and stuff (equipment).
- Is there a supermarket or supermarket delivery service nearby?
- How will I get from the airport to the conference hotel?
- Is there additional costs for children?
27:31 Getting Around
Public transportation around your conference is key. 10-15 minutes away from the airport is an ideal distance.
29:26 School-Age Children and Conferences
32:43 Genius / Fail Moments
- Chris: Print-and play projects (#Genius)
- Tess: Investing in a nice child gate (#Genius)
- Allison: Having thoughtful and interactive conversations with your kids (#Genius)
- Sean: Teaching babies words is hilarious! 🤣
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