What Ingredients Go Into The Perfect Developer Event?

We realise quite a few Lifehacker readers work as developers or programmers, and we're cooking up some plans for a future competition and event which would reward the most ingenious and productive amongst you. But we want to know what should go in there to make it appealing to you guys, so we're seeking a bit of input.

We're still finalising the details, but the whole thing will culminate in a major event in Sydney. These are some of the elements we're considering including, so we'd like to know what you think would be good to include. (Select as many as you like).

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Thanks for your thoughts, they'll really help us in our planning! Any additional ideas are welcome in the comments.

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Comments

    You seem to have left beer off the list... just sayin'.

    God, I don't want *any* of those options.

    Comedians and models are irrelevant unless they're technical themselves. Sure, get someone funny to host the event, but make them know *something* about it.

    Award presentations seem like they'd be pretty obscure. What achievements are you going to recognize? Best startup? Best team office? Most use of buzzwords?

    Developer networking is something I'd be interested in, but not as "Networking", which frankly seems like a great way to make an event feel hollow. I'd rather something like speed-dating for geeks, with emphasis on making friends. Give a pre-defined social framework so that people who aren't great at introducing themselves have an easy way to do so. Mix things up but make sure that you don't stick a carnivorous, heavy-metal listening WOW playing graphic designer with a outdoorsy, vegan kernal hacker who hates MMO's.

    Workshops are always interesting, if they're sufficently general... "How to use Ruby on Rails to improve your conversion rate" would bore me to tears, "5 ways to use online services to make moving suck less" would be great! (Or 'Why normal people don't get your job and how to enlighten them' or "Why your blog sucks but is still important").

    Panel discussions seem kinda... I dunno... Boring.

    What about talks from local startup successes to inspire people? Get someone who knows best practices to talk about how they've failed sometimes anyway (Failure is more interesting and believable then success).

    And maybe something TOTALLY off the wall... Like a demo of the RepRap or a cup stacking competition.

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