Qt Contributors' Summit – Last Minute Updates

Published Monday June 13th, 2011 | by

We are neck deep in the final preparations for the Qt Contributors’ Summit and we have a few points to share with you:

First off, thanks to everyone who has listed their topics for our event. It is looking like we are going to get a lot of really great discussions going and we can’t wait to see the sparks fly. A full list can be found on the Qt Developer Network.

Point two: we are full. Really full. I will start off by saying thank you to all who registered before the deadline closed so that we could adequately plan rooms, seating, food, etc. But knowing you folks well enough there would be a number of people we would have to let in after registration has closed due to some arm twisting and eyelash fluttering, etc.

However even with a healthy level of padding, we have been overwhelmed with last-minute requests and are now at the very limit of our capacity.

Why am I saying this? Because we suspect that there might be a few of you who show up on our door with puppy dog eyes looking to slip in at the last minute. I am deeply sorry to say that even the sweetest “puleeese?” won’t help. For the sake of the others attending, we simply can’t let any more people in at this stage.

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Also, to make sure there are no sad, disappointed faces at the show: As hard as we tried — and trust us, we tried darned hard — to actually launch open governance at the summit and open the repositories, we have to hang our heads and say we just weren’t able to do it.

Its a complex thing to do, and we want to make sure we do this properly so that we don’t have any painful repercussions down the road. In short, we aren’t going open governance at the show, however we remain completely committed to it and we hope to solve this shortly.

For those that have a special stash of awesome code squirreled away that was going to be unleashed upon us at the summit, fear not! Our existing contribution system is still up and running and we have dedicated the resources necessary to ensure these contributions are quickly reviewed and incorporated into Qt, per the usual process.

Ok, I think thats it. Looking forward to seeing you all in Berlin. Lets make this a great summit!

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10 comments to Qt Contributors' Summit – Last Minute Updates

Having a attendee limit is a very sane thing to have: no-one can reserve half of the world to do a single summit.

I think one way to allow others to be part of such summits is allowing remote participation, maybe not using voice in very large scale (rooms, why no? It could work, I hope), but allowing to suggest session topics, ask questions…

And maybe most important, record talks so others can look at them, hopefully as live stream, so people could talk at the chat and comment. It can never be as good as live presence, but sometimes live presentation is not possible for reasons like travel time, money or bad timing.

Steven Starr says:

OK but I will be looking forward to lots of pictures and all kinds of cool stuff to read about after the summit!!! ;)

charley says:

+1 @Samu

Please record the talks.

Girish says:

Is there a new date for launching open governance and opening the repos?

Aron says:

@Girish: Not yet. We hope to at least have an answer to that question at the summit however.

Peter Kümmel says:

Haven’t you booked the complete “Cafe”? The web page says,
http://moskauberlin.net/eventbereiche/raumprogramm.html
Cafe Moskau could host up to 2400 people.

And having a look at this site
http://moskauberlin.net/eventbereiche/veranstaltungsraeume.html
also indicates that there is room for much more people.

So what is the limiting factor?

Peter Kümmel says:

Reading more on moskauberlin.net makes me smile:
“The building MOSKAU is throughout steeped by a the friendship to the former Soviet Union”

“Open Source is Communism”, sponsored by Nokia ;)

Thiago Macieira says:

Peter: the limit is food, rooms reserved, power bill, etc. I.e., money.

And bandwidth of brain. If we had 1000 people around, we wouldn’t have the time to talk to everyone and listen to their comments and suggestions. QCS is not about stage presentations, it’s about people interacting with each other and sharing ideas.

@ Samu et. al.
Since we don’t do the usual conference thing of one person presenting to an audience of many, streaming only makes so much sense. I am working on something clever for the keynotes however. Hopefully my fiddling will result in something useful. ;)
We are recording these and the training sessions in any case for those who couldn’t make it to watch afterwards. The recordings need some post-processing and we will let you know once we have them up on our websites.

@ Peter:
Another limiting factor is the amount of meeting rooms for break-out sessions. The Café Moskau has a humongous club in the basement that handles 2000 people AFAIK but that simply won’t do the job for the format…

André says:

Just to let you know: the event totally ROCKED! I think it was the right size for the type of event: big enough to have a great diversity of people, interests and expertise around, but small enough to allow you to actually find those people. All in all: a very good experience. I hope a lot of concrete work will come out of this event.

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