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HTML WG meeting at TPAC - unconference style

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 02:15:17 -0700
Message-id: <6EFCD005-9FE9-4977-8E71-7549DFEB8850@apple.com>
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>

I've discussed the idea of doing the HTML WG Face to Face meeting at  
TPAC 2009 in "unconference" style. Here's a little about what that  
would mean in practice:

According to Wikipedia[1], "An unconference is a facilitated,  
participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose." The  
way this typically works is that, after a possible introductory talk,  
participants give short lightning presentations on any subtopic of  
interest to them, trying to spark interest in a breakout session. Then  
we gauge participant interest in various breakout sessions, and try to  
schedule them in a few parallel tracks (2 or 3 maybe). Past breakout  
sessions at TPAC 2007 included "data table accessibility", "how to  
write a test case for a test suite", and "media elements".

Here's how I could imagine the timeline:

Thursday, November 5

8:30 - 8:45 Gathering, meet and greet
8:45 - 9:00 Short introductory talk from the Chairs
9:00 - 10:30 Lightning Talks
10:30 - 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00 - 12:30 Breakout Sessions 1 / 2
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Breakout Session 3 / Joint Session with TAG
15:30 - 16:00 Refreshment Break
16:00 - 17:00 Breakout Sessions 4 / 5
17:00 - 18:00 Breakout Sessions 6 / 7

Friday, November 6

8:30 - 9:00 Gathering, meet and greet, recap of previous dat
9:00 - 10:00 Breakout Session 8 / Demo from X3D
10:00 - 12:00 Refreshments + Breakout Session 9 / Joint Session with  
Web Apps WG and TC 39
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 10 / Breakout Session 11
15:00 - 15:30 Refreshments
15:30 - 16:30 Breakout Session 12 / Breakout Session 13
16:30 - 17:00 Breakout Session 14 / Breakout Session 15
17:00 - 18:00 Gathering, discuss results of breakout sessions, figure  
out next steps, say goodbyes!

That leaves room for 15 breakout sessions, plus the 3 prescheduled  
sessions with the TAG, TC-39/WebApps, and X3D. If necessary, we can  
slice some of the 1.5 hour time slots into 45 minute halves.

You may want to start thinking about ideas for Lightning Talks -  
ideally these should propose an idea for a breakout session, but  
anything that might be interesting to the group is fine. And you don't  
have to overly prepare - it's an "unconference" so even ideas you have  
on the spot are ok to discuss.

This is my rough thinking about how we could have a productive Face-to- 
Face meeting at TPAC.

Regards,
Maciej


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference
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