SPUG:It's Feb 1, do you know where your OSCON proposal is?

Michael R. Wolf MichaelRunningWolf at att.net
Wed Feb 5 16:50:47 CST 2003

There hasn't (yet) been a groundswell for my "OSCON Proposal Fest", so
here's another possible way to give a trial to your OSCON proposals
prior to the submission deadline of Feb 15.

I have worked out an invitation from the Portland Perl Mongers for us
to participate in the lightning talks at their meeting next week
(Wednesday, February 12 - Lincoln's BD).

Here's what in it for you:

 - Mongerish feedback on an OSCON idea prior to deadline

 - Mongerish feedback on an idea that you'd like to work up to
   eventually work into a full-size or half-size SPUG topic

 - Mongerish networking

If you're interested, let me know.  I'll coordinate the rides.

Of course, you could also join the road trip just to *hear* the talks,
but with that much time in the car, we should be able to come up with
something for everyone to *speak* about.

Co-Mongerly yours,
Michael Wolf

"Michael R. Wolf" <MichaelRunningWolf at att.net> writes:

> What:   OSCON Proposal Fest
> When:   Friday evening, February 7
> Where:  TBD
> OSCON will be held July 7-11 at the Downtown Marriott in Portland, OR.
> OSCON proposals are due February 15.  That's *14* days from now!!
> That's before the next SPUG meeting.
> I'm holding a "proposal fest" to support us all to make World Class
> proposals that show off our World Class status as a Perl Monger group.
> For more information, take a look at the OSCON home page
> http://conferences.oreillynet.com/os2003/ and the proposal submission
> guidelines http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/os2003/create/e_sess.
> Then prepare a proposal and bring it to the "proposal fest" for review
> by a group of highly motivated folks -- your competition and
> co-presenters.
> This is a work session.  Come prepared to work.
> Here's what to bring:
>  - Finished proposals, ready for review.
>  - Started proposals, ready to get finished.
>  - Ideas, stuck and in need of prodding.
>  - Lightning talks in need of fleshing into proposals.
> In short, bring the best work that you have.  We'll help each other
> make them all better.  But do as much work as you can *before* you
> show up, so that we can build it from there.
> I'd like to get a mix of folks that have submitted proposals, folks
> that have gotten proposals accepted, and folks that have never even
> submitted a proposal.
> Remember, the ultimate prize is the ability to share your ideas with
> the OSCON community, garnering the praise and admiration of your
> peers, and bragging rights in all your future marketing material.  Oh
> yeah -- and O'Reilly waives your conference fee!!  Ca-ching$$!!
> I talked to Nat Torkington earlier this week.  He said that as
> conference chair, he looks for about 95% technical content in the
> program mix.  Especially in these hard economic times, he has to
> guarantee that attendees get a great value for their conference dollar
> by stretching themselves really hard.  As you construct your ideas,
> think about how big an attendee's mind is (OSCON folks are pretty
> smart) and how you can stretch it.
> In order to get you in the frame of mind, here's a quote from the
> OSCON 2003 home page:
>     OSCON is designed for programmers, developers, strategists, and
>     technical staff involved in open source technology and its
>     applications. This event is the central gathering place for the
>     open source community to exchange ideas, share techniques, push
>     the technical boundaries, and maximize the benefits of open source
>     software. The theme this year is "Embracing and Extending
>     Proprietary Software."
> And remember, that OSCON is more than just Perl, it's 3 conferences
>     Perl Conference 7 
>     The Python 11 Conference 
>     PHP Conference 3
> and 5 other tracks
>     Apache 
>     XML 
>     Applications 
>     MySQL and PostgreSQL 
>     Ruby
> And given that there's also a focus on Proprietary systems, the world
> of possible topics is huge.
> Please RSVP to the list so others can see who's coming, and I can get
> a nose count.  And also RSVP if you'd like to attend but are otherwise
> committed; perhaps there will be enough other folks to create a second
> group.
> See you in a week!
> Michael Wolf
> P.S.  After I get a head count, I'll choose and announce a location.
> P.P.S.  In the spirit of Open Source, this proposal fest is in support
> of all thing OSCON.  Please pass this invitation on to other groups
> that may interested.
> -- 
> Michael R. Wolf
>     All mammals learn by playing!
>         MichaelRunningWolf at att.net
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