Today I managed to schedule all but one of the proposed BoFs for EclipseCon 2007. As of about an hour ago, there were 33 proposals. The one that I didn’t schedule asked for a room on Sunday night; as of now, I don’t have any Sunday night rooms to book, so I’m leaving it until I find out if it’s possible or not.
I had originally hoped to schedule the sessions based on feedback from the community. It’s a pretty natural thing to schedule popular BoF sessions first, but—with a few exceptions— there was little feedback (thanks for your efforts Jeff and Chris). So, I did the next best thing I could think of. I scheduled them in the order in which they were received. More accurately, I scheduled the Eclipse Project BoFs first in the order that they were received, and then the rest of the proposals in the order that they were received.
I tried to honour timing requests where possible. I also tried to eliminate conflicts between sessions (the Equinox BoF is scheduled to not conflict with the server-side Eclipse BoF, for example). I tried. If I screwed it up, I’m sure that you’ll let me know (do so through EclipseZilla comments please).
I also tried to front load the BoF sessions as much as possible. That is, I tried to schedule as many of them on Monday and Tuesday as possible so that extra slots would fall on Wednesday. This will let us have the ability to schedule (or reschedule) last minute BoF additions right up until the last minute. There’s still space left for more BoFs, so feel free to make additional requests. I’ll schedule them in the order they arrive.
The BoFs may be included in the printed schedules (I’m not sure). They’re being printed sometime tomorrow (Wednesday). I’m not sure what the cutoff time is, but I’ll keep my eyes on EclipseZilla all day and accept/schedule BoF proposals just as lickety-split as I can. If you don’t make it into the printed schedule, it’s not the end of the world; they’ll still be online.
If there’s a serious run on BoF proposals, we’re considering doubling some of them up. There’s a few really big rooms that should be able to confortably hold more than one group (as long as nobody starts yelling). We’ll worry about doing this if demand for BoFs becomes a problem.
See you at EclipseCon.