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Re: [Debconf-team] timing for sessions

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On 04/05/2016, Allison Randal <allison@lohutok.net> wrote:
> On 05/04/2016 08:37 AM, Bernelle Verster wrote:
>> On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 8:54 AM, martin f krafft <madduck@debconf.org>
>> wrote:
>>> Do we really need a break after the first session of the day, when
>>> breakfast has just ended and lunch is about to begin?
>> I do think the breaks are important, this is where the real value of a
>> conference happens. I understand that it is very hard for organisers
>> to not cram as many talks in as possible, because we feel that this is
>> what people pay money for, but it's only part of the reason. I think
>> having lots of breaks to share ideas and discuss the sessions that
>> just happened is an amazing opportunity to grow relationships. And if
>> there's only one session then a break, that's fine too, in my opinion.
> Also, at DebConf, many people will drift in late, and desperately want
> coffee. So, offering coffee and tea at that hour is important. It
> doesn't matter much if we start the second session at 11:00 or 11:15,
> but it does seem quite silly to start lunch at 11:45, so we might as
> well use the 15 minutes for a morning coffee break.
> Allison
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Hi all,

I think probably the most obvious reason of all, from what little I
know of Africa, it is in tropics. Even though people may be in A/C
rooms it is important to keep oneself hydrated. Having 10-15 minutes
break is good to have water, go to the loo, make relationships and
also sort of reflect/imbibe what was shared. Everybody doesn't process
things instantly and there shouldn't be need to. So having regular
breaks with room to breathe is far more preferable then going at
break-need speeds.  This is though for the 45-minute presentations.
For the 20 minute lightning talks, two of them could be bunched
together to have the same affect. What probably would be nice if there
is difference between timings so that everybody doesn't have break at
one time, the crowds are staggered. So if talk 1 starts at room A at
01000 hours, then talk 2 starts at room B at 01015 hrs and so on and
so forth.

You are all more highly experienced in holding conferences so please
excuse if my comments feel childish.

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