I hope this comes across in the spirit in which it is intended. Let me preface by saying that I attended last weekend's FTU in the DC suburbs as well as the Chicago Seminar a couple of years ago. And I want to thank all of the volunteers and presenters for all of their time and efforts putting these events together. However, I think there are some things that could be improved so I hope a thread like this is welcomed in that spirit of improvement. I tend to spend more time over at FT than I do here at MP, but I've been participating in the hobby for a few years now and have used my miles and points to take some really great trips. So I am not a total newbie, but by no means am I an expert. 1) I think it might be useful to publish a sentence or two description for each session (when it's not totally obvious, or maybe even then). Maybe an indication of who the intended audience is and what the objective is. 1a) When there is a certain amount of assumed knowledge on the part of the audience it might be worth indicating that up front. For example, I enjoyed Seth's UA session but it was very jargony and assumed a good bit of knowledge of the program on the part of the audience. 2) I have seen it mentioned in the main thread for the event that it seems like it would be nice to be able to put everyone's online handle/identity on their badge so it would be easier to match the person to the posts. 3) The raffle seemed to go on way too long and had way too many amenity kits as prizes. Maybe give some away as door prizes or something if you have so many. Perhaps the raffle could have fewer, higher value prizes instead of so many with little value. I left early to go to another session since it was not in the same room as the raffle. 4) Likewise the plane auction seemed to go on longer than necessary. I think it is great that you all are raising so much money for charity, but it seemed to be relevant to about 30 people who were part of the in-crowd and irrelevant to the other 600 people there. 5) I know getting a sound system that works well in a room that large is very difficult. Some folks were harder to hear than others which I think mainly had to do with how they were wearing the microphones. So maybe a little bit more consistency or some training for the presenters is in order. 6) For me personally I don't think I learned much that I didn't already know from reading blogs and following message boards like this one. But since the event was in my back yard I think it was worth going to. Partly I think these events are probably best for extroverts who enjoy meeting lots of new people. For an introvert like me that is really not something I do easily. And so from my perspective it seems like there is a small in-crowd group that have attended many events like this in the past and already know each other well and then a large crowd of newer folks who don't know anyone (other than maybe their spouse or friends who came with them). I'm not sure anything can or should be done about any of that, but it was my perception. 7) I think in future FTU's it might make sense to have some more basic sessions for the newer folks who are interested more in things like how to locate and identify awards, maybe how-to's or tips on using tools like Expert Flyer or AwardNexus or whatever to find the segments/flights you want with some live examples. When to book online vs when to call on the phone. This goes back a bit to the point about assuming knowledge. Maybe identify session as being for beginners or advanced users or something like that. I think those are my main thoughts. Personally I really enjoyed Chris's talk about his visiting every country and Stefan's talk about the kind of travel he does and the out of the way places he goes the most. Seth's UA session had some good info and ideas on putting trips together. And the Launchpoint session was very interesting.