Re: Thoughts on KubeCon


It's great to hear there's support for more end user talks, since I joined the CNCF to increase end user engagement and satisfaction.

End user talks will be one of my key metrics, and I'm very keen to provide encouragement and feedback for end users and less experienced speakers. I already do this for the Cloud Native London meetup to ensure better diversity of speakers and talk topics.

Personally I like William's suggestion of a two-phase review.

On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 12:34 PM Mark Coleman <mark@...> wrote:
+1 end users often struggle to make their talks as appealing as the “real ones”. Coaching here will help.
On Thu, 4 Oct 2018 at 11:52, alexis richardson <alexis@...> wrote:
+1, great idea

On Thu, 4 Oct 2018, 11:27 Richard Li, <richard@...> wrote:
There seems to be a recognition that more real-world / end user / practitioner talks would be good, because we don't want an echo chamber of ideas.

One suggestion would be to provide more support & coaching for end users who want to submit talks. The vendors & hip cloud companies generally have cultures that are very supportive of speaking at conferences. But many other kinds of companies require more cajoling and support. A lot of times when I talk to an engineer at one of these companies and suggest a talk, the feedback they give me is "No, my stuff really isn't that interesting, and I also have to talk to my manager to get approval, and PR, etc." If we could find ways to support these folks in terms of helping them with their abstract, iterating on a presentation, etc. -- I think we could improve both diversity & quality.

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