It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have taken the difficult decision today to cancel the Mahara Hui UK event for 2016. Unfortunately registrations for this event have fallen significantly short of expectation and the result would be an event that's more like a ghost town than a vibrant community celebration. Whilst we have aimed to facilitate a robust, interesting and well rounded Mahara Hui event, with opportunities for sharing of ideas and experiences, in practice we have failed to achieve 40 registrations for the event which in 2015 was attended by 80 delegates.
We would like to give huge thanks to our Keynote Speakers, Presenters, Review Panel members, Sunderland University and all other Mahara advocates for their continued support and effort on behalf of the Mahara platform and UK community events.
As project maintainers for the Mahara open source platform, we at Catalyst and Mahara.org are hugely disappointed that the response has been so low, and in particular by the lack of response by the many vendors and suppliers who are listed as Mahara partners in the UK and Europe. As an open source community based project, Mahara needs the community in order to evolve, develop and succeed. We are surprised by the significant reduction in interest and support for this year's event after the success and growth of previous UK Huis. Possibly this event was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but we welcome feedback and suggestions from all regarding any factors that personally influenced you when weighing up whether or not to attend this year. We would like to recognise the Mahara users and institutions who were to be represented at this year's event and thank them especially for their continued Mahara support, their submissions of presentation proposals and their ongoing use of the Mahara platform.
Looking forward, Catalyst and Mahara.org strongly believe that Mahara deserves a dedicated conference event in the UK or Europe, to continue providing the opportunities for the community and advocates to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate. Looking forward to 2017, the Mahara Hui Europe event is scheduled to take place in Kassel, Germany on the 1st and 2nd of September 2017. Whilst a little further afield for the UK based community, maybe it's time that Mahara moved to a larger and more all encompassing European event. Catalyst are committed to supporting the platform and it's UK and European community and welcome your feedback on this.
We reiterate once again that Catalyst and Mahara.org are hugely disappointed to make this decision, we apologise for the inconveniences this will cause and welcome your feedback or discussions via the email address below. All event tickets purchased will be refunded immediately and in full via the Eventbrite site.
Please contact us with your questions, concerns or feedback, and any suggestion that you may have regarding the reason(s) for this year's low registrations, on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahara Hui UK team