Re: Improvement Feedback on KubeCon/CloudNativeCon NA 2018
Bryan Cantrill <bryan@...>
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Thanks so much for gathering this -- I agree with all of it. I would like to add a couple of points.
First, I really enjoyed the Monday "co-located" conference that I went to (I went to the Observability Practitioners Summit), and I wish I could have gone to at least two more (Envoycon and the FoundationDB Summit). These events each had a manageable size (~200?) and -- speaking for the Observability Practitioners Summit -- a really robust hallway track. I wonder if this is a template that would allow for KubeCon to be a little more manageable: break it up into smaller verticals where true communities can gather.
Second, the exhibition hall -- for better and for ill -- became the focal point of the hallway track. On the one hand, this was great: I had a bunch of terrific conversations in the exhibition hall. But on the other, because it was hard to get from there to the talks, the hallway track wasn't happening in the hallway, but rather far away from the tech talks. I didn't get to some of the tech talks I wanted to go to because I lost track of time and/or space. It would be interesting to know how well attended each talk was and what the audience thought of it; this is something that should probably be tracked. (QCon does an excellent job of this and can serve as a model.) I think it might also help to shorten the hours/days of the exhibition hall -- it will force the hallway track to relocate itself, and hopefully in closer proximity to the actual technical content...
Third, considering the very significant logistics of the whole thing, I thought LF staff did an excellent job! In particular, thank you for getting the videos up so quickly! Many conferences take weeks/months to get the videos up -- it's great to have them up the week after!
Fourth, I thought Liz did an awesome job, before and during the conference -- including some very thoughtful questions at the TOC panel. Great work!
Finally: on the videos, it would be great (albeit grueling!) to have a "best of KubeCon" list of talks that were rated particularly highly. I know that this is hard when there were no ratings on talks (or at least, not to the best of my knowledge), but maybe you could have Liz and the other PC members pick their "PC pick" or something? I'm really just trying to cheat here: I want to watch some of these talks, but there are too many to pick from! ;)
On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 7:50 AM Matt Farina <matt@...> wrote: