[Linux-aus] LCA2014 update

Chris Neugebauer chrisjrn at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 18:01:07 EST 2012

On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM, Jonathan Oxer <jon at oxer.com.au> wrote:
> On the other hand, arguing against my own point: the miniconfs
> themselves have effectively become a mechanism to allow delegation of
> organisation of major sub-topics to volunteers outside the core LCA
> team. The opposite approach to the "here's an empty room" strategy is
> to instead embrace the miniconfs even more fully, treating LCA as a
> concurrent collection of specialist streams sharing the same venue
> with each stream organised by a different volunteer(s). Put more
> effort into helping miniconf organisers do their thing, add miniconf
> CFPs to the main conference CFP, etc. LCA would become a collection of
> miniconfs glued together by keynotes, a structured schedule, and
> associated social events.

This pretty much resembles my thinking on miniconfs that I've
developed over the last four years of running them -- a slight
increase in the amount of support in organising miniconfs (e.g.
facilitating a miniconf CFP/web page in Zookeepr) would massively
reduce the burden of running miniconfs.

And yes, I'm one of these strange people who thinks that miniconfs
play an important role in this conference, and I'd be happy to help
facilitate them as part of a distributed bid of the style I mooted


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