What would the appropriate initial steps be to host a MathOverflow conference?
Back in 2019 I hosted a party for the 10th anniversary of MathOverflow, and it was a blast.$^*$ Since then I've ruminated on the possibility of hosting larger 'MathOverflow' conferences, and this post represents the first real effort toward that goal.
Obviously it would be possible to 'just do it', i.e. pick a venue and begin sending out invitations, but this seems suboptimal for several reasons.
I have no idea how (un)popular the idea is.
I have no idea if I'll run into any legal issues with Stack Exchange or MO by representing the conference as an 'official' MathOverflow conference.
I would like many aspects of the conference to be 'crowdsourced' from MathOverflow, for example:
- the main mathematical fields of the conference,
- the invited speaker list,
- the event itinerary,
- the overall goal of the conference, etc.
- I would ideally like to have some 'big names' on board. I'm comfortable with my standing on site, but outside of various online communities and my undergrad university I have no presence in the mathematical community whatsoever. This makes me doubt that anyone outside the existing MO pool would look twice at a speaking invitation from me or an advertisement with my name on it, but there are regular participants here who are highly respected and esteemed in the mathematical community at large -- if any of this pantheon finds the idea of a MathOverflow conference interesting and becomes involved in its planning, the potential scope of mathematicians interested in attending broadens greatly.
This post is intended as a discussion hub for any and all topics related to potential future MathOverflow conferences; any relevant input is appreciated.
EDIT: Negative feedback is also appreciated! In light of the initial negative response, if any of the downvoters have any comments against this being a good idea I would like to hear them.
$^*$Shouts out to Gerhard, Peter, Anna, Anton, Gjergji, Larry and Cheryl; that night is a very fond memory. Too bad we stopped drinking before tattoos sounded like a good idea!