BoFs and Lightning Talks at cf.Objective(). Community-building at its best.

Again this year it seems like no one has an interest in suggesting the Birds of a Feather sessions or proposing Lightning Talks at cf.Objective().

These things are two of my favorite parts of cf.O(). Perhaps you guys are just lazy sacks who can't be troubled to spend a few minutes going to the Engage app to submit ideas or even to vote on your favorite ideas. Or perhaps you don't understand what these are and why you might want to do it.

Birds of a Feather Sessions

A BoF session is NOT another presentation. It is a group of people with a common interest that get together to discuss that interest. It might involve demonstration, group discussions, small group breakout sessions, or any number of other things. It can be an opportunity for someone who is new to a subject to sit down with others who are more experienced to ask questions and seek advice. It could also be an opportunity to socialize instead of sitting in your room watching pay-per-view after the conference.

So far this year, very few BoF ideas have been suggested. I have suggested a couple, one technical and one social. And I have voted on those others that I would like to see at the conference (whether or not I think I would be able to attend the BoF). Now it is time for you to do your part. What BoFs would you like to see at cf.O()? Make suggestions or vote for those you would like to see.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are fun. They can be about any subject, and they can give you the opportunity to speak at a conference like cf.Objective() (For about 6 minutes). If you would like to try your hand public speaking and have some fun doing it, submit a proposal.

Lightning Talks are a simple idea. You get 20 slides for 20 seconds each. They auto-advance. So it is important to have your timing down. That's it. They can be on any subject you like. I have seen fantastic presentations on:

  • Relationships
  • Leadership
  • The history of Volkswagen air-cooled engines
  • Technology Projects at the Free Library of Philadelphia
  • International Adoption
  • Software Development
  • And more

You can do your presentation on whatever you like. Be it Technology, hobby, activist, or whatever.

So get on that. Fame and fortune will follow (probably not).

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