Request for Input re PyCon about Session Lengths
jeff at taupro.com
Wed Aug 3 06:29:50 CEST 2005
There is a discussion going on regarding how long the presentations
should be for PyCon 2006. In the past the sessions have been 20 minutes
of talk, 5 minutes of questions and 5 minutes to change rooms, grouped
into 90-minute timeslots, with a 30-minute break btw each 90-minutes.
There were comments last year that that 20-minutes was too short to
cover much material, so there is a push to extend that to 50-minutes of
talk, 5 minutes Q/A and 5 minutes to change rooms.
Some however think sitting in a lecture for that long is excessive and
that 20-minutes is sufficient to cover the high points of a topic and
point interested people to online docs and forums.
Others, particularly those new to a topic, hunger for more comprehensive
coverage, something more akin to a class or tutorial. They may not be
familiar with a topic and want more than a bullet list of what has
changed on the project since the last PyCon. Note that there -will- be
a day of tutorial prior to the main presentation days, but will that one
day satisfy those people?
And there is a view of mixing session lengths, dividing talks into
"topic surveys (whats)" and "tutorials (hows)", with perhaps a survey to
introduce a topic, say the Twisted Framework, and then on another track
an in-depth session to actually teach Twisted programming. There is
concern, however, that such mixing can complicate scheduling excessively.
We would also like input from speakers themselves. This year some
seemed uncomfortable or surprised to find they only had 20-minutes of
actual presentation time. But not every talk needs more time.
In 2006, there will be more speaking rooms available, in that the
sprinting rooms will be available during the entire conference.
Therefore there will be rooms for the usual tracks 1, 2 and 3, plus the
2 sprinting rooms, plus a non-sprinting "quiet" room. However, the idea
of having possibly 5-6 tracks makes some parties believe too many
choices will leave attendees unhappy. Others that our community is
diverse and needs to support people with different presentation needs.
If you have strong opinions about these matters, please send private
email to either me (jeff at taupro.com) and/or the PyCon chairman
(amk at amk.ca) and we'll summarize to the group, or join the
pycon-organizers list and get involved directly:
Please read the archives to come up to speed on the various viewpoints.
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