Agreed, I think it went very well and I enjoyed it a lot. I tried to plug it where I could and I think there’s a lot more people we could reach with more thorough advertising. It also would have been nice to have the schedule worked out a few days sooner (last-minute changes always happen but if I didn’t have a light schedule that week then the site would not have gotten many of the fixes that happened).
- How satisfied were you with the conference?
I enjoyed the speakers very much and I think the day/time worked out well.
- In your opinion, did the conference meet its objective of promoting Free and Open Source work in and around the RIT community?
Yes. I also enjoyed having both current RIT students/faculty as well as alumns since it gave a good breadth of topics. I also appreciated the content from related non-code programs such as design & digital humanities.
- How well was the conference structured?
I don’t think the 3rd floor got utilized as well as it could have (and it seemed that people continuing talks post-panels tended to use the lobby instead). That said, I think the lower-levels-only kept people together which was nice too. I think there was also a student at one point who was hoping to use a lab so it might have made more sense to try to get the color room rather than using the 3rd floor lab and then the install-fest could have gone in the demo room or lobby.
I would also consider how much can be fit in a day. I think if you want to do more in a day than we did this time then you should consider having it across two days (or a day and a half). Granted, I did help with setup & stayed through the end of Remy’s extended Q&A, but it was a very full day. If you did end up going two-day in the future I’d also recommend adding slightly longer breaks. For a one-day event though it worked well but I don’t think you should try to pack the schedule much, if any, more.
- Was there enough time for discussion?
I liked that there was a 30min series in addition to the 60min ones. I think some panels could have gone for 90min but many discussions seemed to only need 60min. On the flip side, not having 90min panels meant that I could go to more panels in a day, which was nice.
- Which topics would you like to see covered at future conferences?
I was happy with the topics we had this year, particularly since I didn’t have to hear about code much. There was some discussion at panels about open community & open governance that people got fairly into (and I mention since some of those people are unlikely to know this thread exists) but personally it would depend on who & how a panel on open community/governance was done for whether I would want to go. I also think having a panel on open science could have been interesting.
PS: SJ glazed over the work to organize this when saying thanks to people and someone should steal the mic to thank him & F@M team next year. I found the conference very meaningful & I’m glad it happened.
PPS: It’s late at night and I’m not functional enough to proofread this; if something sounds wrong let me know and I’ll clarify/fix it.