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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject ApacheCon Schedule
Date Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:05:58 GMT
For those not involved in the process so far, I appreciate your 
patience, and your suffering in the dark. Making the schedule public too 
early caused significant logistical problems last two times (people 
thinking they knew things that they didn't know, and making travel plans 
accordingly), and we want to avoid that nightmare this time around.

For those involved in the process so far:

It looks like we're done with the ApacheCon schedule. Sort of. We've got 
7 tracks, three days, which I think is probably just the right volume.

Please look at the DRAFT schedule, and comment in this thread. I, for 
one, think we have a kickin' schedule.

Problems that I think still need solving:

* We have an empty spot in the community track. Given that community is 
what we *do*, it seems that we could come up with 6 community talks to 
schedule, and have a few fallbacks. If folks could look through the 
not-yet-accepted list with me and see what you can find, that would be 

* We have 16 open slots. We don't need to fill all of them - we need to 
leave 6 or 7 slots open for vendor-sponsored talks (Don't worry, these 
will NOT be product pitches) which will show up over the coming weeks. 
(LF's problem, not ours.) But I think we can probably put together a few 
half-day tracks if we put our minds to it. We have an entire day/track 
on Wednesday, if someone still thinks that they can put together a 
complete track (6 talks).

* We need more wait-listed talks. We currently have 6 waitlisted talks, 
and I'm probably going to take several of those right now to fill in 
some empties.

* We have the problem that's not a problem, which is that we had 239 
submissions, and have only accepted 115 talks - less than half. So we'll 
get a LOT of "why wasn't my talk accepted" emails, and I never have very 
good answers to that, because the answer really is, this time, too much 
content, too little space. But the questions will come, and that's a 
very unsatisfying answer to people that have put time and effort into 
crafting talk abstracts.

If you would like to help with any of these things, please get in touch 
with me. Or, just step up and claim it and do it.

Note that I will be flying for much of today, and at a conference 
Friday-Sunday, so if I'm not responsive, please ping Jan Iversen, who 
can also help you out with this - although apparently I can't make him 
Owner of the Google Doc, so actually sharing the doc with you will be 
delayed, unless you respond in the next 3 hours.

Rich Bowen - - @rbowen - @apachecon

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