I didn’t realize this would be a difficult post to write, that is how attached I have become to TechPhx over the past few years. When we re-branded after being PodcampAZ for so long, we had no idea the direction it would take, or if there would continue to be a need for the conference. Turns out there was, and it has been very successful and a great event every year. I have met so many wonderful people, and have had such a great experience putting this event together.
That being said, there are many changes happening with the planning committee in our personal lives, and as a result most of us are stepping down. That includes myself as Director. The last year planning was really difficult for me to juggle with health issues (unrelated to TechPhx of course!), and after much thought I feel it is time to step away. There is nothing negative in any of our decisions, it is simply just time to pass on the reigns.
This puts TechPhx at a turning point. Without anyone to plan, naturally the conference cannot happen. There is no date scheduled for this year as of yet. What we have found over the past couple of years is that 6 people are not enough to handle the many tasks that come with organizing an event of this size. We have all had to double and triple our tasks, and when that happens other things slide through the cracks.
So here is the deal: If you are interested in learning more about taking over TechPhx, either as the Director or on the planning committee in any way, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to sit down with you and tell you exactly what is involved in planning and what you will need. I will also be on hand for this year’s planning as there are many items that need to be transferred to you.
If we can’t get at least 10 people together by February 28, then TechPhx will not happen in 2015. I hope it doesn’t come to that, as I still want to be involved and attend- so don’t let us down!
Please spread the word, and if you know anyone who might be interested please pass this information on to them. Let’s save TechPhx!