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Newsletter: Colloq Newsletter July — New Features and some Tips for Organisers

Hello again.

It’s already been two months that we’ve sent the last update, time flies! We’ve been busy, but we also believe that you prefer to read well curated updates with selected content instead of those that just follow a strict schedule.

Over the last few weeks we have released a few updates with new features, implemented more control over your data and made sure that you have the choice for everything. We also collected a couple of articles from the event scene that we want to share with you.

In personal news we also met for the first time in real life after two years and it was a special moment for all of us, having worked on Colloq for almost the same time to now have met each other in real life again.

Photo of the three of us at the beyondtellerrand conference meeting for the first time after two years and since founding Colloq, standing on the pavement fooling around with each other

More control over your data

We’ve been busy spending a lot of time getting GDPR compliant, which even for us—not storing a lot of personal information—was quite a challenge. Protecting your (as well as our) privacy is at the core of Colloq and we now have an even better system and understanding of how to deal with data and give our users the choice to export or delete their data. We’ve summarised these features and the challenges in “How Colloq Became GDPR Compliant”.

From now on you can export your profile data and delete your account. These features had been planned from the very beginning, but due to GDPR they received a much higher priority.

Unfortunately and for now we needed to stop offering a direct integration with Eventbrite and Tito for event tickets as we reached out but didn’t receive a Data Processing Agreement yet for GDPR compliance. We’re now considering options how we can improve usability and offer more information about ticketing soon again on our site.

Not everything we did was privacy related. We’ve also built a filter for event coverage, so now you have a convenient way to only see a list of all YouTube videos or only Tweets.

Finally, we worked on a lot of small things that we don’t want to list individually but rather link to the summary on our blog.

Articles from the community and us

Holger submitted quite a few talk proposals over the past year and now has written up some suggestions on how event organisers or the Call for Papers staff can help speakers getting better feedback. In the end, organisers depend on speakers and to find new ones, giving feedback is important.

Learning new things sometimes is hard work, but other times we learn lessons for life by just a simple sentence. Daniel Burka puts up three lessons that he learned during his attendances of 100 conferences.

If you have been going to a lot of conferences you start to get to know people. You will meet them again and eventually become friends. Maybe even start a company together. The problem is: How do you start? Going to a conference all by yourself not knowing anyone else can be pretty tough. Mirjam wants to help everyone to make it easier for first timers and created Conference Buddy. Next time you are planning to go to a conference, think about being a good buddy and support someone who has never gone before. Help them to get to know people more easily.

It would be nice if we could all just behave like the best of us. Unfortunately, sometimes everyone of us needs a reminder about what might be the right thing to do. Hailley Griffis from Buffer summarised some of their guidelines on how to make events better for everyone involved.

The nice people from our beloved From the Front conference created an awesome-list with even more in-depth articles and resources on how to run tech events. Many great articles featuring all kinds of different topics that might help you create and run a better conference.

Anselm wrote up some thoughts about how we can build something to last, inspired by another article on the topic and how with Colloq we try to pursue a path of sustainability and want to build a long-lasting, profitable and honest business.

Holger took a tweet as inspiration and explains that when we talk about CSS-in-JS or similar ‘hot topics’ we need to think about the evolution of the internet and should remind ourselves to be kind instead of starting a harmful discussion. Here is his article “CSS-in-JS, Kindness and Evolution ”.

That’s it for this edition of the Colloq newsletter and we want to say thank you for reading. Stay tuned for the next edition, spread the word and we hope to meet you at one of the next conferences. You can also reply to this email if you have questions, comments or want to talk with us.

All the best and a good day!

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