[FOSS4G-Oceania] [OSGeo Oceania] FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 - programme outline

John Bryant johnwbryant at gmail.com
Fri Apr 19 12:11:42 PDT 2019

Thanks Adam & program committee, looking great!

The adjustment to having more talks is interesting, I suppose there may be
a bit of a challenge to fill 60 speaking slots out of an audience of 170,
but hey, challenges are good! And personally, I'm hopeful we exceed the 170
target, though it will raise some logistical challenges re: venue.

One of the key messages we got in attendee feedback last year was that
timing was important, we could have done a bit better, and people found
movement between sessions frustrating. There were also quite a few requests
for longer talks, and more time between sessions. The venue layout this
year might help improve the movement between sessions. But sticking with
the 15+5 format, we'll need to be really strict on timing to improve on one
of the key frustrations from last year's event.

On timing:
- Is a 930am start intentional? Feels a bit late to me, but I acknowledge
that some people prefer a late start. But will people's attention start
lagging for the talks late in the day, ie. finishing at 5:40 pm?
- Are 20 minute breaks between sessions long enough? For some people, these
are important slots for networking. This is shorter than last year's 30
minute breaks.


On Thu, 18 Apr 2019 at 03:29, adam steer <adam.d.steer at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all
> We’d like to share with you our current thinking about the 2019 programme,
> and call for comments.
> We need to put it all together and run calls for papers and workshops by
> the end of May - so please spark any debates early! We will close
>  discussion and move toward a fixed plan at the end of April. Let's say 1
> May is ‘close the discussion’ date.
> As a rundown we have:
> - 2 x 3.5 hour workshop sessions (8 rooms, 16 workshops possible in total)
> - 60 15-20 minute stream talks (4 sessions, 3 streams, 5 talks each
> session)
> - 4 keynotes
> - a mystery hour on day 2, after the initial keynote. this might be a
> panel, a very short unconference, a ’state of [QGIS/OSM/… ]’ plenary talk
> session, or a facilitated community discussion on what we see as prevalent
> issues in the community. We’d like to know what you think, but also reserve
> the right to surprise (and we hope, delight) you
> - a community day, which will be a mix of OSGeo code sprint, mapathons,
> and other OSGeo / OSM related activities.
> - various opportunities for breakfasts and informal socialising, as well
> as an organised conference icebreaker and dinner.
> These are laid out here:
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17KvFcVn226ay0clCZsBTL0jpbX-4ZMt6nyBfLcF94mE/edit?usp=sharing
> There is a bit of variation from the 2018 formula. We’ve tried to add more
> session talks; and hope to find a good provocative keynote to end with (in
> fact we hope to find four excellent and thought provoking / challenging
> keynotes)
> Please feel free to comment on the document, respond to the list, or
> myself, with ideas.
> Regards
> Adam
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