This task is a result of the initial brainstorming for T146613: Improve remote participation at the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2017 and a recent discussion T146613#2775399 on it.
A few initial ideas
- We host a speed-geeking event which is one of the many unconference methods: http://unconference.net/unconference-methods-speed-geeking/). This would give participants a chance to learn more about the members of the community. It seems like Aspiration Tech does that, @Rfarrand and I will be attending it next week and will hopefully be able to see it in action.
- We run an unconference parallelly specifically for our participants and invite them to host sessions/propose topics they are interested in talking about, and that way be able to connect them with others sharing similar interests.
- Encourage use of the hashtags on Twitter. Install a big projector in the hallway or Lobby and display tweets from the conference. That way, people will be able to stay connected with others from the summit. I've seen this working quite well in one of the educator conferences.