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+1 I approve and vote in favor of this direction, proposal, critique, or whatever. -1 I don't approve, a vote no. +0 I vaguely approve, but don't really care. -0 I vaguely disapprove, but not willing to fight over it. +1000 I really, really care deeply about this and want it. -1000 This is a really bad idea that I think will harm the community.
Robin Friedrich reports:
Texas PyCamp concept. Here's what we tentatively settled on: A Late Sept. 2007 initial happening, a Sat/Sun affair with Houston as the first host city, (let's get UH location). We'll rotate among the principal cities instead of trying to pick a mid-location (minimizes net cost and simplifies logistics). Format: An Unconvention. Sat- No keynotes. Daytime presentation slots, timekeeper. Dinner, then evening bonus rounds available for extended discussions pertaining to the days presentations. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Sunday - Project sprints. We would like to decide ahead of time on projects which the groups could tackle on the second day. The projects may be coding, documenting, testing, or even designing something the world needs. Free form. (Some preliminary work can be done ahead of time of course.) I also talked with the Enthought guys earlier in the afternoon. They are good with the concept too and think the Austin community would participate happily!
Martin Taylor said:
These "unconferences" sound very much like the Austin Workshop on Test Automation (AWTA) conferences that I have attended: http://awta.wikispaces.com/. The AWTA model is based on a process developed by Cem Kaner and Brian Lawrence for another workshop, the Los Altos Workshop on Software Testing (LAWST): http://www.kaner.com/lawst.htm. Some of the LAWST approaches to presentations and discussions were also used at the first Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST) last summer in Indianapolis (http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/conference/cast2006/index. html). Organizers and attendees of PyCamp (or whatever name gets picked) might take a look at the LAWST model for futher ideas on user-driven conferences. I particularly like their way of moderating the discussion following a presentation as it allows for in depth Q&A and discussion that goes where the attendees choose and for how long they choose.