Before I forget them, here’s a list of things that could be improved in GUADEC (not specific to Vilanova, it applies to all):
- People from Latin American countries (and I guess Asia and Africa) find Europe quite expensive, so for them going out for lunch/dinner with US, Australia and Europe people is unaffordable, which makes them having to go on their own to look for cheaper places. So, I think it would be a great idea if we had, like in Copenhagen, free lunch for everyone at the venue. Thus, everyone, regardless of the country they are from, would have lunch together, making it easier for everyone to meet and talk.
- I like a lot how the Boston summit was organized, with lots of informal BOFs going over all the time. I think we should have a room devoted, all the days of the conference, to have a continous BOF about all the aspects of the GNOME project. I think that is much more useful for people involved in the project than going to presentations that, if you follow regularly the mailing lists, don’t contain anything really new. Of course, having talks is still needed, but it would be nice if there was some more emphasis on having BOFs. That is, it would mean making official and public all the conversations that take place in the corridors.
- The GUADEC-ES talks this year, oriented to beginners, have proven to be really useful, at least for a few people that, as I said in my previous post, were after that perfectly integrated in the GUADEC core, knowing now their way through the project. It would be nice to do this every year, in the local languages if possible.