There was some discussion about why the Hope Springs workshop was so well-attended this year as compared to PCTC, and what we could learn from that, so I will post a few thoughts:
1) For me, Oneonta was a tough location. I realize that any location will be problematic for someone, but putting a conference near a major airport makes a huge difference for me. The idea of flying to Albany and THEN having to worry about an hour and a half bus or taxi or something was too much.
2) When I was considering PCTC in 2008, there was a list of presenters, but I didn't have a good idea of what each would present. I want to know specifically what workshops they are teaching so I can then judge for myself if I think I can get something out of it. Having outstanding presenters is great, but if I saw Scott Woods facilitating a workshop called "Memorization Tips and Tricks", I would have second thoughts on it.
3) The event was held really close to NPS. I know that's when campuses are available, and for students or teachers this is convenient, but it is tough for some of us to take vacation time like this. I don't know if it's possible, but the ideal for me wold be to hold a conference over a holiday weekend (e.g. Friday - Memorial Day Monday) to minimize time off of work.