On Friday 30 April 2010, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote: > 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). We further discussed this issue with dkg on IRC. There are a few talks on the track that were requested and their importance was explained either on-list or on IRC but still have no description. Maybe next year penta can have a more formal track coordinator role and track coordinators can add comments to track talks, but in the mid-time, I arranged this wiki page: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf10/TrackJava if you had one of the empty talks, feel free to scavenge text from that wiki to add to your description (and delete it from the wiki, I mean, it is a wiki). Following the conversation with dkg, my understanding is that the talks committee will be using that wiki page in addition to the penta submission in their acceptance decisions. Thanks! Pablo
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