Parrot Developer Summit 2008 Schedule

Below is the schedule for the Parrot Developer Summit 2008. it's preliminary now, so feel free to modify it with ideas and any updated info.

Friday, 14 Nov
tbd - informal arrival dinner

Saturday, 15 Nov
7:30-8:30 - breakfast at hotel
9:00 - head over to google hq
9:30-12:00 - meetings
12:00-1:00 - lunch, hack session
1:00-5:00 - meetings
5:30 - head back to hotel
6:30-9:00 - group dinner, time&place tbd

Sunday, 16 Nov
7:30-8:30 - breakfast at hotel
8:45 - head over to google hq
9:00-9:30 - second breakfast
9:30-12:00 - meetings
12:00-1:00 - lunch, hack session
1:00-5:00 - meetings and/or hack session
airport departures vary by schedule

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Thoughts on organizing from Pm:

Based on an irc discussion with particle, I'm proposing that we perhaps organize the events according to a modified/miniature "unconference" or "open space" style. (For those who aren't familiar with these terms, I suggest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-space_meeting and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference as starting points.)

Essentially, the schedule above breaks the two days into four meeting "sessions". I propose that we use the initial part of each meeting session to update the list of topics/activities we'd like to see addressed before the summit concludes, and to build a consensus for the specific items we'll cover within that specific session. (There's already a list of agenda topic ideas.) Perhaps we should also give ourselves a time limit for each topic, and if time expires on a topic that we want to discuss further we re-list that topic as a candidate for a later session. (Time limits help us keep things moving and that we don't accidentally leave other important topics without some attention.)

Given the relatively small number of participants at the summit, I'm expecting we'll do much of the discussion as one large group, only occasionally breaking into smaller groups when it's clear that there are two or more desired topics that can be easily handled by disjoint groups (or groups where people can freely move between them as their interest dictates). Perhaps we just want to dedicate a small amount of time for "open" sessions to cover topics that don't appear to be of interest to the whole group (although lunch could potentially serve this purpose as well).

I think we can also declare that the summit organizers (particle, allison) can invoke dictatorial powers for any topic or activity that they feel must be addressed.

Anyway, these are just some ideas I had for how we might organize things, and I'm not at all disappointed if they're rejected. Since I didn't see much else in the way of a formal schedule I thought I'd offer this.

See you all at the summit!

Pm