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Re: Call for talks at our FOSDEM 2010 devroom (deadline 2010-01-03)

From: Lars Sonchocky-Helldorf
Subject: Re: Call for talks at our FOSDEM 2010 devroom (deadline 2010-01-03)
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 23:04:19 +0100

Hi Fred,

thank you very much for your offer. I've added it to http:// wiki.gnustep.org/index.php/FOSDEM_2010#List_of_submitted_talk. 2Fdiscussion.2Fsession_proposals . Just two questions: Do you have a preference for the time of your discussion (morning, noon or afternoon) and can you estimate how long it will be (30, 45 or 60 minutes)?

To everybody else and especially to the people who are still unsure whether to actively participate in our devroom activities: Of course discussions, hands on or hacking sessions are also welcome. Feel free to come up with some idea / concept.



Am 05.12.2009 um 15:51 schrieb Fred Kiefer:

I don't want to give a talk, but rather lead a discussion. The title
could be "Towards GNUsep gui 1.0" and it will be about what we need to
get there and how to achieve this within the next year. I will prepare a
few opening statements and the rest will be up to the audience.


Lars Sonchocky-Helldorf schrieb:
FOSDEM is up in just 63 days and we have time until Sunday 2010-01-10 to finally submit the talks in our devroom to the FOSDEM organizers. So I'd
say we preferably finish our schedule until 2010-01-03 so that the
presenters have some time to turn in their abstracts, picture and
(optionally) bio for the presentation at the FOSDEM website. Until the
3rd of January only 29 days are left.

I have set up a list of proposed talks the talks schedule at our wiki: http://wiki.gnustep.org/index.php/FOSDEM_2010#Dev- Room_Presentations_and_Events
. I think we first should collect all talk offers and then start

So please send your proposals to the list or - even better - enter them
on the wiki page above. At first a title, a short summary, proposed
duration and a preffered time slot would do, so we can start scheduling
as soon as possible. The FOSDEM organizers strongly recommend a
granularity of 15 minute blocks. So if a talk is just 15 (lightning
talk), 30 or 45 minutes long - fine!

As an advice: experience tells that 15 minutes are really short (hence
the moniker "lightning talk"). Usually such a lightning talk is only
sufficient when you want to put a single new feature into the spotlight - let me give an example here: "There's now a GNOME theme available for
GNUstep" (hint for a talk!) or something along those lines. 30 to 45
minutes are a good time for a full featured talk and don't underestimate
the time needed for a discussion afterwards.

Later I would need the following from the presenters for forwarding it
to the FOSDEM organizers (they put it on the FOSDEM web site):

* activity title (please try to be descriptive, there are ~250 talks at
  FOSDEM during the week-end ;)),
* a short abstract (1-2 paragraphs),
* a longer description if appropriate,
* optionally a list of links to the project website or similar
* for each speaker:
  * the speaker's real name,
  * a short overview of her bio in a couple of lines,
  * optionally also a longer bio,
  * optionally a picture (please send it to us as 128x128 PNG),
  * optionally links to her website, blog, ...

For examples, see:
* http://archive.fosdem.org/2009/schedule/devrooms/freejava
* http://archive.fosdem.org/2009/schedule/events/java_state_icedtea
* http://archive.fosdem.org/2009/schedule/speakers/mark+reinhold

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