Hi Witthawin Sae-Lee,
Thank you for your question! Here’s my attempt at an answer. Of course others are also welcome to comment or answer.
Of course we are tuning the multipliers so this is a good discussion to have. I sense that this will be a discussion worth its own thread so I’ve opened a new one here.
As for the rulebook, we are trying to get more engagement in the development process (and we’re very happy that you’re joining and engaging with us to do so!). So in a sense when the rules will be released will depend a bit on how long this process takes. I would hope (although cannot guarantee) that at least a draft for comment of the significant parts would be available in the next month or two. In the meantime we’re hoping that even when it hasn’t been finalized, engagement in these discussions will mean that people will have a good idea of what to expect and not be surprised.
Regarding participation, I think there might be a slight miscommunication about the word “crucial” … it was in reference to the event needing to have an in-person component (and thus to justify the expense of holding the event and providing travel support to those interested).
It does not mean that it is crucial for all teams to attend or that teams attending will receive an advantage of some sort beyond added competition experience and involvement in discussions. This would be the case going to any regional competition and getting involved in these telecons and forum discussions.
Of course, we recognize that not all teams and organizers can make the trip out to Germany (I can’t go in person for instance) which is why I also pushed for there to be online participation in the discussions.
Really, this is a continuation of the series of gatherings, workshops, and summer schools that have been held in Rome, Alanya, Perth, Pattaya, Graz, and in conjunction with regional opens in past years, dating back to 2004. It was important that those were in-person even though of course we fully realize that not everyone could join and thus the findings were published for the involvement of everyone else.
On that note, we would love to return to Thailand for another workshop/meeting in Bangkok or Pattaya! We fondly remember Jackrit and Mahidol University hosting us and running this event for several years in a row. There’s certainly room in the schedule to host a workshop there as well, which of course would be easier for teams in Asia and Australia to participate in.
Compensation and Further Workshop Details:
This is something that I’ll have to leave Oskar to talk about.
Please let us know if you have any further questions!