On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 10:40:34AM -0500, Tom Callaway wrote:
Last year, we had:
67 speakers (for talks and workshops).
3 keynotes (2 + FPL)
34 talks across two days (five simultaneous tracks)
24 workshops across two days (four tracks)
In 2016, we have the same amount of days (4), but I wanted to open it
for discussion for changes to the scheduling and layout.
Do we want less tracks? Less talks? Less workshops per day?
I continue to believe fewer tracks and talks, and replacing the extra
time with workshops led to get things done, would be great for Flock.
Too much content means speakers are talking to only a few people in
some cases, which is hardly worth giving a talk for (not to mention
subsidizing travel in some cases).
Do we still want the keynotes in the mornings? Traditionally,
focused on bringing in external keynote speakers, but we had a lot of
difficulty doing this the last time we were in Europe. (It is also
unclear who is responsible for handling keynotes this year, as it was my
job in previous years.)
Personally I would rather not use up valuable time on them, given my
earlier stance. It would be hypocritical of me to suggest fewer
tracks and talks and then further eat into talk opportunities with
Also, it seems unclear to me when the CFP closes (it is open now).
This was not nailed down, but we suggested a 6 week period would be
appropriate. I would suggest we use March 14 as a deadline. We could
optionally extend to April 1 (no joke) if needed, which is
F-minus-4months for scheduling.
Whatever deadline we choose, I volunteer to put out a F-Mag
article and internal info about the deadline.
Paul, Matt, Remy, Jen, Joe, I'm looking at you to drive answers
I'd like to see a weekly Flock planning meeting at this point. We
need to start picking up the momentum now that SCaLE/FOSDEM/DevConf
sprint is over. A lot of these issues revolve around money and
internal mechanics, so I'm fine if that happens on a call.
We have at least one sponsor considering providing "speaker
we need to tell them how many speakers we expect to have.
Ack. Jen, will you set up a call for next week?
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