[Linux-aus] LCA2016 post event report
russell at coker.com.au
Tue May 31 12:18:02 AEST 2016
On Mon, 30 May 2016 10:21:58 AM Jonathan Woithe wrote:
> The nature of miniconfs is that schedule changes are a fact of life and
> often these occur quite late through no fault of the miniconf organiser.
> Making schedule changes less onerous is therefore a good goal, even if it's
> something which will necessarily take some time to implement.
> 11:30 - 11:35 = Coordinated Break
The miniconfs have always been less formal than the regular talks. In terms
of formality and attention to schedule it has always been keynotes > regular
lectures > miniconfs > BoFs. I'm sure that some miniconf organisers tried to
make their miniconfs run to a strict schedule like the regular lectures and
some probably succeeded. But I wonder if that is even desirable. Being less
formal makes them more inviting to people who have never spoken at a
conference like LCA before which I think is good for building the community.
I believe that there are significant benefits for personal and career
development in giving lectures and tutorials for the Linux/FOSS community.
Also it's obvious that we aren't attracting new developers the way we used to.
For the regular lectures 5 minutes is the minimum time required to move
between lecture halls (and with no chance of a "hallway track"). For less
formal lectures it doesn't seem to be something we can achieve.
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