The end of KM Europe :(
For some time I was involved in working with others on KM Europe fringe event (also here) - it was an exciting opportunity to shape the conference in a way that adds more value. In a process I was wondering why there is no any info at www.kmeurope.com. Now I know - because of dramatic changes...
First, the conference is renamed into Knowledge, content and collaboration Europe and moved to a new domain. The focus has changed accordingly.
Second, the conference is not free anymore: it's £595 for two days (and the fringe event is expected to cost something as well).
My thoughts and questions:
The power of KM Europe was in the critical mass for networking. As the basic program was free many people who wouldn't participate otherwise were there; knowing that someone you know would be there was a reason to come as well.
It was one of the events with a pretty good mix of academics and practitioners (usually practitioners don't go to academic conferences as they wouldn't have a voice there and practitioners' events are usually too expensive for academics).
The "core" was attractive enough to participate, so doing something "on the fringe" was meaningful.
Even if we find a way to make participation in the fringe event free/low-price/independent from the main registration it couldn't stay the same as we envisioned it: the "core" has changed.
Now it doesn't make sense to go to the conference to meet people - it's too much to pay just for it. Of course, there is content and main program, but to be fair I don't see how it is different from just a good (?) deal on usual Ark Group workshops.
I wonder how many people I met last two years would go there. The chances I go are extremely low: the price is too high, the content is not research-specific enough and, most important, I don't expect that people I want to see will go.
And if people I want to see are not there than the fringe event doesn't make sense as well.
And a couple of small questions:
- How "smart" you should be to leave your old domain with an error message? Without even trying to set up a redirect?
- There is a session on corporate weblogs and wikis in the day 2 program. I wonder who is presenting...
More: my earlier posts on KM Europe / TopicExchange KM Europe / Technorati KM Europe tag