First list delay
It's probably best that I announce this right away, to avoid problems
As usual, everyone has kept it for the last moment, and talks have just
begun to pour in. We have seen about a hundred come in on Saturday, and
I wouldn't be surprised to see an equal number come in on Sunday (the
last day). There is a good chance that we will break last year's record of
submitted talks by the time we close talk registrations on Sunday night.
This creates a logistical issue for the selection team.
Had talk submissions been fairly well distributed over the CfP period, we
would have been able to do evaluation progressively, so that the final
rush wouldn't have had so much gridlock. We had really hoped that at
least this year, people would be more sensitive to this issue.
But no, everyone has left it for the last moment.
Things are also more complicated this year because of the new format,
which reduces the number of talk slots dramatically to allow for more
"people time" - interaction, movement between halls, coffee, trips to the
Given that we will have to wade through several hundred talks before we
can come up with a sensible and fair selection, we are not going to be
able to put out the first list on Monday, the 9th (as stated in the CfP),
but probably towards the end of the week, possibly by Saturday, the 14th.
We know that this creates a lot of anxiety and frustration for some of you
(you know who you are), but you really know whom to blame for this. :(
The added complication to this is invited talks - we have had responses
from some people, and are awaiting responses from others.
Please do not try and get the jump on anyone by trying to ask us about
selections - we need to go through all the talk proposals thoroughly and
fairly, try and place them within logical groups, prioritise them and then
finally choose them. This means that we will not actually know which talks
got chosen until the day we release the list.
Also, some of you have been pinging us for details about travel
sponsorship. As stated earlier, we can really tell you about that only
after we have finalised with the event sponsors.
If sponsorship levels are low or take too long to finalise, then this will
directly affect our ability to sponsor speakers who have requested travel
assisstance. At that point, even if a talk is selected, the speaker may
not be able to make it since sponsorship may not be available.
Please note, therefore, that even if a talk appears on the first
shortlist, it is *no* guarantee that travel sponsorship will be available
even if it has been requested.
This is why we again request all potential speakers who need travel
assisstance to look around for alternate travel sponsorship - from
employers, projects, user groups, etc. If you manage to secure alternate
sponsorship, and had marked your profile as needing sponsorship, please
update your speaker profile!
p.s. Would all the speakers from Bangalore who have stated that they need
travel sponsorship please wake up and smell the roses? What's wrong with
you guys? The "found checkbox, gotta click it" syndrome? :)
- On Sun, 2006-10-08 at 01:11 +0530, Atul Chitnis wrote:
> we are not going to be able to put out the first list on Monday, theThat's quite alright. Personally I think you put an unrealistic demand
> 9th (as stated in the CfP), but probably towards the end of the week,
> possibly by Saturday, the 14th.
on yourselves. I'm quite sure that none of us expected you to turn the
acceptances around in a single day and I'm sure all respect the fact
that you are volunteers who will get the job done in due course.
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