One more blog post where I am just linking to someone else. But again I think the quality of this link warrants it.
I recently attended the NYC Code Camp which was an excellent experience for me and was a very well run code camp.
Stephen Bohlen wrote an excellent article about the review system they used and the benefits it had over other review systems I have been subjected a part of at various events.
As a speaker getting good honest feedback is very hard. One of the things I really liked about their system is I was able to see my reviews in comparison to the other reviews that attendee gave. So it helped me put in perspective the feedback I received. For example if the feedback I get from a particular attendee is much better (or much worse) than the general feedback given to the other speakers then I know it is significant. If an attendee says all the sessions are great than I know that he is just being nice.
I also received much more tangible and actionable feedback than I normally do. On a “normal” review I will get one actionable comment (eg The way you demonstrated x was good/bad or if you would have done y I think I would have followed along with z better) for every 50 reviews. I would say that 1 out of 10 from this system gave me actionable feedback. Of course maybe that is the difference between New York and California cultures also 🙂
If your involved in organizing technical events or speak at technical events I highly recommend you read the article NYC CodeCamp Winter 2010: Session Evaluation Process, Results, and Conclusions.