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From Rich Bowen <rbo...@rcbowen.com>
Subject Re: Fast Feather
Date Sun, 02 Feb 2014 14:11:10 GMT

On 02/02/2014 01:41 PM, Nick Burch wrote:
> On Sun, 2 Feb 2014, Rich Bowen wrote:
>> Nick, can you tell me how you envision the Fast Feather track 
>> working, from a scheduling perspective?
>>
>> ie, do we just give you a day-long slot and say "go for it", or is 
>> there more that we need to do on the scheduling side to accept 
>> specific talks for that track? Also, is it a day, or two days - what 
>> do you think you can fill?
>
> In the past, it has typically been a half day, or two quarter days. We 
> have also done a few lunchtime sessions, which work well for more 
> experienced speakers talking on something new+quick. Newer presenters 
> are best off in a small + cozy + friendly space though!
>
> Typically, we've opened submissions fairly close to the event, I've 
> picked half the talks a week out, then fill in the rest of the gaps 
> with last minute ideas (barcamps and hackathons are often good for 
> identifying these). FFT always causes a headache for the organisers, 
> as we need a schedule printing for the room + website updating much 
> much later than they generally like...
>
> Given the compressed timescales this time, one thing that might be 
> good is to open submissions when speaker notifications go out. That 
> way, anyone who has submitted for the first time and not been accepted 
> for a full slot can be suggested to submit for a 20 minute FFT one. 
> I've spotted a few talks when reviewing which I felt were "good idea, 
> not enough experience", so the FFT could be a good way to help these 
> speakers for next time. When submissions are open, we then get others 
> to submit too, especially the incubator, as the incubator has lots of 
> interesting things from people who are new to speaking.
>
> A whole day can be hard to fill, one afternoon or two half-afternoons 
> tends to be easier to get talks for + keep people interested. 
> Afternoons generally seem to work better than mornings. A few 
> lunchtime slots might be good too, maybe one day do (serious) 
> lightning talks at lunch, and another do some slightly longer FFT 
> ones? Depends on floor layouts though

Awesome. This helps. I'll try to slot it in in one of those ways, and 
run it by you before we go to print.

Thanks.


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Rich Bowen - rbowen@rcbowen.com - @rbowen
http://apachecon.com/ - @apachecon


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