Re: [802SEC] Proposed process to choose March 2011 802 Plenary
What about the 2010 nNA slot??? If I recall correctly, we were thinking of
Geneva, but that's certainly not tied down as far as I know.
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> [mailto:owner-stds-802-sec@LISTSERV.IEEE.ORG] On Behalf Of
> Roger B. Marks
> Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 11:22 PM
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> Subject: [802SEC] Proposed process to choose March 2011 802 Plenary
> I think it's time to plan the process for choosing the site of the
> March 2011 802 Plenary. I recommend we try a new approach.
> In my view, the best path to success is to work with a local
> host who
> wants our session and will be willing to put its name and
> on the line to make sure it goes right. I have some experience in
> this area. I served as the Meetings and Symposia Chair of an IEEE
> Society that threw an annual Symposium for around 8,000 to 10,000
> people. The event is big enough that the site is chosen annually
> eight years in advance. Still, the competition to host is
> strong, and
> it is not unusual to have three proposals from which to choose. The
> process involves a request for proposals, a site visit
> committee, and
> a formal site selection process. Proposals are selected based on
> location, facilities, costs, the interest of the local
> community, and
> the commitment of the local organizing committee. The results are
> great. The locals want the Symposium, and they work hard to deliver
> one that people will remember. [Since I served as Vice Chair of one
> of those local committees, I know how hard people work to pull off a
> successful event to which their name is attached.]
> Long ago, I used to organize 802.16 interim sessions myself when I
> had no other option. I always chose a site near my home. Sometimes
> people would say something like, "Hey, let's meet in Rio; that would
> be a great spot." I would say, "Sorry; I know Denver; I don't know
> Rio." Eventually, I developed a simple site selection process based
> on host proposals. Now, when someone asks for Rio, I say "Great, why
> don't you make a proposal?" Every four months, when we choose
> a site,
> we have at least one proposal to consider, and we have had as
> many as
> four at once. We get, for the most part, committed local members who
> convince their company to join in and, in the best cases,
> bring along
> the local industry, academic, and government communities.
> I think that 802 is in a similar situation now. Buzz knows North
> America like I know Denver. We can tell Buzz to go make a meeting in
> Rio, but we may not be happy with the results, and we may not build
> any lasting relationships.
> I suggest that we seek proposals to host the March 2011 Plenary and
> make a choice at the July session. Here is a specific
> timeline to get
> (1) by 31 January: IEEE 802 Executive Secretary issues a
> draft set of
> facility requirements and issues a Request for Interest (RfI)
> a letter of intent from any prospective hosts.
> (2) 7 March: Deadline for letter of intent that would name
> prospective host and venue but without a firm commitment to host.
> (3) 21 March: 802 EC approves a request for proposals (RfP),
> including facility requirements and hosting specifications, with a
> specific submittal template to allow ready intercomparison. 802 EC
> also authorizes travel expenses for site visits to prospective hosts
> identified by letter of intent.
> (4) 20 June: Deadline for host proposals issued in response
> to the RfP.
> (5) 1 July: Executive Secretary submits report summarizing proposals
> and results of site visits.
> (6) 14 July: During a tutorial slot, host candidates overview their
> (7) 18 July: 802 EC votes to accept a proposal.
> Note that this would not require any EC action before the March 802
> Plenary. We just need Step (1) to kick it off.
> The RfP could specify that we are particularly seeking venues
> North America and would expect to give them preference. We
> could also
> be rigid about this, but my personal opinion is that we should be
> flexible, retaining the option to choose a North American site if
> that was the only reasonable option. Anyway, the RfP would be
> to EC discussion.
> If we take an approach like this, I have a lot of confidence that we
> will get a good response. I am committed to working with prospective
> hosts to get us at least one solid hosting offer outside
> North America.
> I welcome your thoughts on this proposal.
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