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

Kim Fitter kimfitter at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 29 17:41:22 PDT 2019

 Hi again,
I also agree on finishing at 5pm and for consistency in the schedule. It means there is also time for a  break to make phone calls or just go for a walk before the evening dos for all types of -verts. 
I agree with John on the the number of people on stage, and putting some effort in the selection process. In my experience finding speakers, there is a lot of shoulder tapping, gentle and persuasive encouragement needed, not just a single call for a speakers. A speaker workshop also doubles up as a good networking event for newbies, TGP and others. Another suggestion is to allow a talk by a workshop presenter. There are so many good workshop options and if you know that these will also be presented as a short talk then you don't feel as much FOMO.
    On Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 09:28:02 GMT+12, John Bryant <johnwbryant at gmail.com> wrote:  
 I have to disagree that the feedback represents a small subset of opinions - the feedback that talk length was too short was one of the clearest messages we received.

I really like the idea of factoring in explicit interchange time, as Martin put it. Having an allocated 2 min room switch time means that there's none of this people-coming-and-going-while-question-time-is-happening, a big distraction.

Re: the number of people on stage - I really like the idea of being inclusive. But I also feel strongly that we need a selection process, and that not all talks should be accepted. Not because I don't think that everyone has a story to tell, but because a little bit of competition for spaces will, I believe, ultimately help us maintain a high standard of content. In 2019 we are targeting a smaller audience, thus a smaller pool of potential speakers... how do we mitigate this? By adding slots, we're pushing the goalposts a bit farther away.

I feel that inclusivity would be better achieved by placing emphasis on the submission process - ie. find ways to make sure oldies & newbies alike feel welcome to submit, provide encouragement and assistance along the way, and promise things like a 'speakers bootcamp' on workshop day, so that new speakers might feel like they will be supported throughout the process.
Re: talk lengths, I like Daniel's proposed tweaks, it feels like they navigate the issues nicely, while potentially addressing the audience feedback about talk lengths.

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