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

Alex Leith alexgleith at gmail.com
Mon Apr 29 15:58:25 PDT 2019

Hey Daniel

I think I agree with you now. I think using the extra 5 minutes, split
between talk/questions and specific time for session switching, is a good

Let's also bring together our session chairs earlier, and do a group
meeting, so that we can coach folks. We could look at putting some kind of
timers together, so that there's a visual cue? That's a nice to have,
though. Investing in a bell to ring for 2 minute's warning for each room
may suffice (branded bells as session chair gifts? could be awesome swag!)

Closing at 5 is supported by me.


On Tue, 30 Apr 2019 at 08:12, Daniel Silk <dwsilk at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 3:35 PM adam steer <adam.d.steer at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Those feedback numbers represent 4% / 12% of the whole audience (n=250);
> and 9.6 / 28 % of feedback providers respectively (n=104)
> Yep, and they're both right up at the top for most consistent items of
> constructive feedback that we received.
> > For context, a number of the complaints about sessions getting out of
> sync relate to one specific session which had the mother of all tech
> failures at the start, and the chair (me) decided that letting everyone
> speak was more important than syncing sessions and dropping a speaker.
> The feedback that I heard during the actual conference was about talks
> that were starting before they were timetabled to begin and the lack of
> allocated time to change rooms so people were moving during question time.
> The feedback collected does not single out the one session that had tech
> failures. We can give ourselves a free pass on that one and I think your
> approach was the best option given that sort of delay.
> The two breakout rooms this year are separated by a flight of stairs or a
> lift (Lower Ground Floor and Ground Floor, pretty much directly above /
> below one another). The distance to move between these rooms is longer than
> last year.
> Please note that my proposal drops only 3 full length presentations but it
> also includes 2 more lightning talks (arguably the most successful part of
> our program).
> The difference in the number of people on stage is 1 person. The benefit
> is 3mins longer for all talks and 2mins longer for moving between rooms -
> addressing both of those key items of feedback received.
> > Is there a specific reason to close at 5? I think we could push till
> 5:30 if we wanted to, it’s only two days we need to stay switched on for...
> I always find my attention span is waning toward the end of a packed
> conference day. If we push that last session too long, I think we'll lose
> people in the afternoon tea break. A 5pm end means we're consistent across
> all four days. It's also preferable for locals who need to get home to
> their families for dinner / getting the kids in bed.
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Alex Leith
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