[Foss4g2008loc] FOSS4G2008 Capacities
pramsey at refractions.net
Tue Oct 23 17:53:43 EDT 2007
On the capacity issue:
With an assumed attendance of 600+, the 280-seat rooms are not as bad
as you might think, because the conference is only running 3 tracks
wide (plus labs and workshops). So, given an even split of seating,
each room would be about 60% full, but inevitably there will be
We had a room size distribution of 400, 180, 70, 70 and 60 in our
five tracks. Occasionally one of the 70's would "blow out" as a talk
was far more popular than expected, but mostly it worked alright.
The 400 seat theatre provided a fairly "intimate" feel, even with the
high seating capacity.
Running 3 tracks wide on 11 3-speaker sessions means 99 slots for
presentations (2007 did five tracks wide, 8 3-speaker sessions, for
120 slots), with some of those ending up in the GISSA proprietary-and-
local topics. So the conference will have to be even more selective
about presentations this year (2007 received over 200 abstracts,
On the workshops issue:
I second Dave's concerns about the Workshops schedule, as having a
"workshops day" makes for a much cleaner overall schedule than having
them shoehorned around the rest of the schedule. However, I (and he)
are very cognizant of the issues with running a large number of
simultaneous rooms on a workshops day. BTW, why is Monday afternoon
not being utilized?
I count 8 workshops slots, down from 12 in 2007, so again selectivity
will go upupup, and workshops were already the most selective aspect
of the program (36 submitted, 12 accepted).
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