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Re: [Debconf-team] Debian Java track at DebConf 10

Hi Pablo--

On 04/30/2010 02:40 PM, Pablo Duboue wrote:
> Question for DebConf-Team: if we get Rich Hickey to give a talk, does he need 
> to go through the regular talk submission process? (We clearly won't get him 
> to submit before the talk deadline ;-)   What is the process you envision for 
> these type of situations? How much wiggling room do you see for the track 
> themselves to allocate spots?
> I guess a possible alternative is to have Brian sign up for a slot "a 
> conversation with Rich Hickey, author of Clojure" and then either have him 
> give a talk or have somebody (could be Brian, could be Ramakrishnan, could be 
> a-yet-to-be-discovered-journalist-among-us) to conduct some sort of 
> "interview" on stage. What do you think?

I'm with Jimmy that this is a great way to do it.  I think should be a
bit of wiggle room for good proposals that come in under the aegis of an
active Track Coordinator.  But yes, there still does need to be some
kind of proposal for the talks team to understand what the topic is
(some of us *ahem* might have never heard of Rich Hickey or Clojure
before today, for example).

Btw, i disagree with saying something is "in a sense a keynote".  We
have explicitly avoided this term for good reason, i think, and I don't
want us to give the impression that we're doing mini-keynotes, "sort-of"
keynotes, or any other kind of keynotes.  Everyone presenting is
presenting material that is interesting and relevant to debian.  If
debian Java folks are excited about Clojure, that's great (and, i think,
sufficient without the "keynote" label).

Thanks for doing this work and organizing what sounds like a bunch of
interesting proposals.


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