After attending another year of conferences, I'm seriously considering a format change for ACE! in 2011 and I want feedback. Here are the experiences that led me to this conclusion:
During 2010 I spoke at and attended several tech conferences and while I had great experiences at all of them, I observed the following phenomena:
1) Sometimes I'd find myself in a long presentation that was not as relevant to me as I'd thought it would be and I regretted that I couldn't duck into another one in the same time slot.
2) Sometimes I'd have trouble choosing between tracks. I think everyone in the software business owes it to themselves to have a well-rounded education, and I'm fascinated with topics technical, managerial, and quality and design-related.
3) There is rarely adequate opportunity to engage directly with presenters.
4) The best parts are so often the open spaces.
Additionally, I had the terrific experience to be the organizer of TEDxKrakow. The TED format of short presentations addresses the first two points above very well. Additionally, it forces presenters to really focus on their core idea and allows them to make a much more dramatic and effective presentation.
With these experiences in mind, I'd like to propose for discussion a new format for the ACE! Conference. I suggest that the mornings be spent with a series of short presentations (20-30 minutes each) in one track. That will create a dynamic, fast-paced, and powerful experience exposing all attendees to a wide variety of new ideas. Then, after lunch, the entire afternoons will be for open spaces, in which the morning's presenters, and anyone else, can expound further on their ideas and more directly interact with the audience. We can then close each day by returning to the main auditorium for a summary of the best ideas to come out of each open space presented in the form of lightening talks.
In a decade of participation in tech conferences, I have never seen this format tried, but I feel that it combines the best of all of my collective experience. The program committee must decide on the format in the next several weeks, and we are very keen to hear your opinions.
Paul Klipp - Program Committee Chair
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