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Re: [Debconf-team] timing for sessions

On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 7:11 PM, shirish शिरीष <shirishag75@gmail.com> wrote:
> at bottom :-
> 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.

Africa is the second largest continent on the planet, so that's a bit
of an generalisation. :) South Africa, and Cape Town even more so, is
on the southern tip, so not that tropical. In addition, it will be
winter, with temperatures quite mild to cold (not snowing though).

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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