[linux-elitists] Conference planning
dmarti at zgp.org
Tue Apr 28 10:58:05 PDT 2009
begin Ilan Rabinovitch quotation of Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 09:29:27AM -0700:
> At SCALE we've actually been discussing adding a speaker green room to
> help speakers prepare for their sessions, test their gear with the A/V
> equipment, etc. While we offer conference laptops, which are supported
> and tested with the A/V equipment, most speakers opt to use their own
> laptops. In many cases they then run into video problems with the
> projectors. The goal in our case would not however be a lounge where
> they would spend the entire day, but rather a green room they could go
> to and remedy any potential hick-ups with equipment.
Ouch, renting a whole extra projector just for a
few minutes of testing per speaker? You do have
enough breaks to book some test times on the real
projectors (which I saw some speakers doing during
breaks anyway.) Or, you could have a "futzing around
with your laptop's X settings BoF" the first day,
and then everyone's X would be broken and nobody
would mind as much.
New projectors do seem to be getting better at
matching laptops' video output, though.
> Is it possible that some of the distance between the speakers and
> attendees comes from the types of speakers/attendees at the conference?
> In the case of SCALE, the vast majority of speakers are active community
> members, where as historically I recall LWCE had more "corporate"
The corporate speakers aren't the ones who hang out
in the speaker lounge, gruffling* the Moscone Center
food and talking with other speakers -- it's mostly
the community people. The corporate types are more
drop in, hold loud cell phone conversation, and split.
* yes, I got this word from Ray Smuckles in the web
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