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

Daniel Silk dwsilk at gmail.com
Sun Apr 28 16:00:08 PDT 2019

Looking at the feedback we received, there were around 10 responses that
mention the talk length being too short.
Around 20 responses that mention difficulty moving between sessions (not
enough time allocated or sessions not staying in sync).

If we stick with 15+5 then we aren't really doing anything to address these
responses (aside from asking session chairs not to allow talks to start

The program overview
currently allocates 90mins to stream sessions for 4 talks. This is 22.5mins
per talk. We need clearly defined start times for the four talks, so
starting at 11:00 / 11:22.5 / 11:45 / 12:07.5 seems cumbersome.

If we push out to 100min we would have 25mins per talk, split into 18mins
for the talk itself + 5mins questions + 2mins room change.
18mins seems a little arbitrary but "the 18 minute rule" defines the
maximum length of a TED talk.

Last year we squeezed 5 talks into a 100min slot. If we have 4 talks in a
100min slot, I think we'll address that feedback.
We can stick within the 9-5 by reducing the keynote sessions by 10min and
making the last session on day 1 3 talks instead of 4. Keynotes can still
be 25min + 5min. This still gives 45 presentation slots (same as last
year). Program with these edits is here


On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 9:44 AM adam steer <adam.d.steer at gmail.com> wrote:

> hey John, all
> We need to bear in mind we have only 48 talk slots right now; and one of
> our goals is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to talk
> (inclusivity). In the event we get less than 48 submissions we could reach
> out to speakers for some extended talks.
> Right now I’d prefer to not advertise it as an option.
> Cheers
> Adam
> On Mon, 29 Apr 2019 at 06:09, John Bryant <johnwbryant at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As Edoardo mentioned in a side thread to this discussion, SotM is running
>> a process that allows for the possibility of extending some talks [1]
>> <https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2019-March/038287.html>.
>> From their CFP:
>>> * The “Extended talk” submission type: Big ideas need time to grow. For
>>> talks in this category we will allow double the time (40 min) compared
>>> to the usual talks. Make sure to mention why your talk needs this
>>> extended space.
>>> In their case, it's a matter of giving a talk 2 slots rather than 1, but
>> perhaps we could consider something like having some slots that are a *bit*
>> longer, eg 25+5 instead of 15+5. We could ask people to indicate when they
>> submit whether they would like a longer slot if it were available, block
>> out certain slots for the longer talks, and then schedule accordingly. It
>> makes for a bit more of a logistical puzzle to put together, but might
>> mitigate the feedback from many that talks were too short.
>> Possible?
>> [1] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2019-March/038287.html
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