The message from the organisers this year was not good.
This was my 8th 48hrs, and probably my last if next year's the same.
Unfortunately, it really seems like the organisation doesn't care about the entrants at all and it's really ruining what should be a good time. I know there are some city organisers that really go the extra mile so please don't take this personally.
Most of the issues I have are with communication and corner cutting.
I understand that Ant now has particularly easy access to the Hollywood, but no effort was made to actually make it work for the venue. Half the teams in my heat had no voting papers because of the split level situation. People who went back down to ask for them were accused of cheating. It was just about impossible to socialise with other teams because there wasn't any space, and people were left standing in the rain when heats ran late.
Sending a text less than 24 hours before the event was lame, you knew where the venue was and what the restrictions would be and could have given decent notice.
Which brings me to the other big issue: comms. We know the 48hrs database works because we all get Timpson productions spam. It would've taken two minutes to send out a "thanks! Heat info is now up here (link) email. I know at least one new team missed out on seeing their film on the big screen with an audience because of this.
While I expect some backlash about prizes not being the point, the fact that "$130,000 in prizes!" was advertised, the actual prize list remained suspiciously blank until after the comp started. The cynical part of me suspects the fact that half of this value was a one year subscription to (google drive + Wipster) is part of the reason for keeping things under wraps.
I'm just very frustrated with the declining qol elements of an event I look forward to every year which is losing entrants at a rapid pace.