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From Hadrian Zbarcea <>
Subject Re: ApacheCon Schedule
Date Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:49:19 GMT
Traditionally we had an integration track at ApacheCon. I volunteered to 
run it this year, but there was virtually no answer from the PMCs.

I see however that there are more than enough proposals to put together 
a 6 talks integration track for Wed. If I could get a second, I'll get 
on it and have it done probably before the end of the day.


On 02/19/2015 10:29 AM, jan i wrote:
> On 19 February 2015 at 15:05, Rich Bowen <> wrote:
>> 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
>> awesome.
> I did not find what I thought was a really strong community talk.
>> * 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.
> I am now on my second iteration, to mark talks as wait-listed. The
> definition is pretty simple, it need to be an unscheduled talk (of course)
> and the speaker must have an accepted talk.
>> * 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.
> This is really a good argument for pushing more out to the PMCs and have
> track chairs, who start before CFP officially opens, so they can help
> create the right talks.
> I take this as a lesson learned. To be fair the track-chair idea worked
> better than I thought, and next time we know to push harder for that.
>> 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.
> thats me :-)
> I will be available the next couple of days, and try also to be on IRC as
> much as possible....sadly enough sharing is left to Rich.
> rgds
> jan i
>> --
>> Rich Bowen - - @rbowen
>> - @apachecon

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