Stepping down as BayCHI program chair

For more than five years now, I have been co-Program Chair for BayCHI hosting a variety of speakers from Peter Norvig, Bill Scott, Tara Hunt, Tim Brown, Jakob Neilsen, Jared Spool and Jesse James Garrett. When I started I was a researcher at UC Berkeley. In between, I ran a consulting company that morphed into a product company (MindCanvas) that planted the seeds of SlideShare.

I have really enjoyed this tenure. So why am I leaving? Because SlideShare is growing and I don’t have time anymore. Running a startup takes everything you have and more. I am also focused on startup issues rather than HCI issues. Finally, six years is a long time to do anything and its time to give someone else a chance.

We are looking for a replacement for me who will be co-program chair along with Paul Sas (he is a great co-chair to work with!). I have also loved working with Stacie Hibino, Steve Williams, Nancy Frishberg and everyone else at BayCHI. Get in touch if you have past experience at organizing such events and want to get involved.

This was a long time in the coming. Several times I wanted to tell my BayCHI colleagues, but was not able to actually say I was leaving. This is one of several threads that I am closing now that SlideShare takes 120% of my time.

December 9th is my last program. I am still putting it together. Come by if you are in the area…

5 thoughts on “Stepping down as BayCHI program chair

  1. I was also thrilled with the opportunity to speak at BayCHI that you provided me (oy, the longer I try to write this sentence the worse the grammar gets). This is a disappointment for BayCHI members, but totally understandable and obviously better for your well being, so congrats on taking THAT step! I’ll be intrigued to see how BayCHI evolves.

  2. Thanks Steve. Your talk was great. I am sure BayCHI will do great – it has a strong community and thats what keeps it going in spite of individuals moving on…

  3. Hey Rashmi, thanks for all the great programming for the last 5 years. I’ve been going to BayCHI since ’99, and the recent years were considerably more interesting (for me at least) than the early ones.

  4. Chad,

    Thanks. I really enjoyed the programming – thinking up what topic to cover and then crafting a program around it.

    We should catch up sometime…

  5. Running a start up takes everything you have and more. I am also focused on start up issues rather than HCI issues. Finally, six years is a long time to do anything and its time to give someone else a chance.

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