Our Extra Life 2017 24-hour marathon was a fantastic success! We had a great time putting it on, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. We finished up with a total of $1,095 in donations, well beyond our $500 team goal. What a great result!
Considering this is the first streaming event any of us have organized, I am impressed and surprised by how well it went. Everyone pulled together with their own strengths, and we all got to try things outside our typical roles. A minor miracle happened based not on luck, but on hard work and good preparation.
As is true of any new endeavor, we could have done many things better, differently, or both. This is my postmortem of our event.
We planned the event in about two and a half weeks' time; this sounds like a lot, in the abstract, but when you're working around everybody's already-busy schedule (full time jobs, family, personal care, other hobbies), that time is short and valuable. We really should have started planning and organizing more than double that time before.
That's not to say the tight timetable was all bad; in fact, we had a lot going for us - not the least of which was having most of the hardware already on hand and tested. Also, the urgency moved us along quickly and didn't leave a lot of room to procrastinate or otherwise debate "...