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OSCON Talk Selection Complete

by Nat Torkington
Mar. 7, 2005

After weeks of voting and debate, we have the final list of talks chosen and our intrepid speaker coordinator Vee is working her way through the list. Her job is to update the database with our selections, trigger the mail notifying speakers of their proposals' dispositions, and generally being the adult supervision to ensure we haven't booked two tracks of X-Box Halo 2 deathmatches.

We had over 600 proposals for around 150 slots in the program, which made for some really agonizing choices. If you submitted a proposal, you should be notified this week about it. My apologies if your proposal didn't make the cut--it was sobering to realize that for every one that we accepted, there were three we'd have to pass on.

While the OSCON notifications happen, I'll be working on the web site. We slave over every web page you lucky attendees barely give a glance to (e.g., the list of tracks and their descriptions). So I'm writing copy, basically, to accurately describe the tracks and the talks we'll profile in the brochure. Join conferences, they said. See the world, they said :-)

The web site should have the tracks, the list of accepted talks, and be accepting registrations in early April. It would have been sooner, but ETech is soaking up most of the conference group's brainpower, and we have another conference we're working on. This new conference is in stealth-mode until I can give the marketing folks the conference and track descriptions they need to go live with the site. More on this as I'm allowed to talk about it.

And on top of all that, it's time to write the CFP for Euro OSCON. Yes, we're going to be in Amsterdam, October 17-20. Everything about it is still in the planning stage, though I'm getting a feel for the focus. It'll be smaller than the Portland OSCON, though we hope it'll grow over time as attendance grows. As with OSCON, we expect most of the attendees to be from companies using or thinking about using open source, and speakers to be the alpha geeks building the open source projects. More details, obviously, when the CFP comes out.

See you in Portland (and Amsterdam)!


Nat Torkington is conference planner for the Open Source Convention, OSCON Europe, and other O'Reilly conferences. He was project manager for Perl 6, is on the board of The Perl Foundation, and is a frequent speaker on open source topics. He cowrote the bestselling Perl Cookbook.

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