A problem: at events like the Firefox Summit, there is so much going on that it’s not possible to get to even a fifth of it. And if you have a particular focus (e.g. Thunderbird, or QA) it’s hard therefore to get a view of what else is going on across the project. Secondly, it’s hard to know what a session is going to be like from a written description.
An idea: At events like the Firefox Summit, why not have a “speedplugging” session first thing each morning, with no conflicting sessions, where every presenter for that day gets (plugging-session-length / number-of-sessions-that-day) minutes to both plug and summarise their presentation? The day with the most sessions at the Summit was Thursday, with 41 – which would be 1.5 minutes each in a 1 hour speedplugging session. Tuesday only had 20 sessions, so you could either speedplug for 1.5 minutes in 30 minutes, or give everyone twice as long that day.
There must be no messing with laptops and screen resolutions and Mac video adapter dongles, so either you have no slides – just stand up and talk – or you get to submit e.g. a maximum of three slides to a moderator who combines them all into one presentation (vital for speed) and runs it from their laptop, responding to cries of “Next!”.
It would make it more likely that people would go to the most appropriate sessions, and give everyone at least a taste of what’s going on across the project even if they are spending all their time in e.g. the Thunderbird room because that’s their main focus.
What do people think? Would this be useful?