More opportunities to meet up and socialise, because the lecture's don't leave lot's of time for socializing.
It would be nice if things didn't just stop dead at 5'o'clock in the evening, on the Saturday night. a longer bar, movies and the like, as a possibility, so that we don't all have to disappear into the night and go our separate ways.
And a 'Fortean Times Message Board Message Board', of some description, where we could all meet up, too. I met some great FTMB'ers this year, but I'm sure I missed loads, too.
In fact, we looked at doing an evening event this year, but it proved impossible to organise in time.
Would people be interested in a distinct, ticketed evening event? This would cost money both for us to put on and for you to attend, so we would have to be sure of interest in advance. We were thinking of something far looser and more sociable than UnCon proper - perhaps live music, screenings, cabaret acts and so on in a venue with food and drink and a more pubby/clubby atmosphere.
If there appears to be enough support for this sort of idea we will look into it for next time.
I once went to a Comics & SF Convention, where they showed films and rare TV series all night. That was good. Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors, at 3'o'clock, in the morning. But, there was rather less of a rigorous lecture schedule.
All of the above, with cheap food and cheap drink. I think screenings of cult films and TV series sound good, I'll never get around to watching these sorts of things otherwise and it sounds fun to catch up on these things with fellow forteans.
A separately ticketed event would probably be best for people who might have partners that aren't attending the Con proper, but might want to come for movies/performances/whatever. Include it in the cost of the weekend ticket, but sell it separately for day ticket holders, and non attendees.
This would be a good place to put things like the Burlesque, or the Cthulhu film from 2006.
As I said on the other thread, WiFi access for attendees would be good. And some kind of forum for announcements and chatting.
While Halloween feels absurdly right for an Uncon date, there is the problem of cross-over events that will probably attract some of the potential audience/speakers away (and annoy the hell out of others who want to do two things simultaneously and haven't yet invented the appropriate equipment.)
This year we had several comments about the comparatively low profile of the Dealers' Room - and a main reason we didn't attract more stalls was that we'd chosen the Halloween weekend when anything vaguely spooky/weird was quite possibly already booked to be elsewhere.
We could try to declare a year with two Halloweens in it...the Halloween and the Anti-Halloween?
I've often thought that 18 months was a good period for UnCon. Purely for selfish reasons, as it gives me time to save up for another trip to the UK. The only problem is that April/May starts to get into high season when everything (airfares, hotels, rail passes, etc) costs more.