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Meeting Notes from 2-9-09

Meeting Topic: 1st Planning Meeting for LaidOffCampNY



  • Michael E, Gruen
  • Peter Chislett
  • Noel Hidalgo
  • Arathi Ramappa
  • Amanda Lee Anderson
  • Nate Heasley
  • Eric Yoon
  • Jonah Keegan 



5 -6:30 PM/Feb. 9th, 2009/27 W 20th St.,  #901




Thanks @wearenom Michael Gruen for hosting the meeting!


Overview of Event:

  • Number of attendees: approximately 100 - 300 people
  • 2 day Unconference event on a Friday and Saturday
  • Lunch and Breakfast will be served on both days
  • A Happy Hour/Socializing/Job Fair will take place on one of the evenings
  • Target Audience:
    • Financial and Digital Technology Sectors
    • Creative Sectors
    • Grassroots Organizers
    • Freelancers
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Start-Ups
  • Areas that will be covered:
    • Career Change/Job Transition
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Freelancing
  • Sponsors
    • Sponsors will be needed for the lunch, breakfast, and evening happy hour event
    • Sponsors should be asked for approximately $200-$300 or more
    • We should have VCs and Recruiters sponsor the evening happy hour event.


Date: Tentatively April 3-4 or April 17-18

This will depend on the availability of a space. There was a general consensus that we should shoot for the month of April.

We have decided that the event will probably last two days and it will be preferably on a Friday and Saturday.



Two venues have been noted as possible locations:


Polytechnic Institute of NYU:

  • They have space that can be used free of charge
  • There is access to a 300 person amphitheater
  • There are classrooms that can hold approximately 30 people


Pace University:

  • They prefer to hold events after the semester ends on May 12th
  • No outside caterers are allowed.
  • The cost for meals is $40 per person for two days.


Action Items:

  • Restructure text describing the event
  • Develop a form that guages interest for the event
  • Create a set of subtopics for the event
  • Create a list of potential sponsors
  • Create a list of presenters/facilitators for the event
  • Create a list of possible locations for the happy hour event
  • Figure out what dates Pace and Polytechnic have open in April
  • Twitter : @laidoffcampny #laidoffcampny


NEXT MEETING: Feb. 24th. 2009 Place TBD

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