Mittwoch, 17. Dezember 2008

Talk at EclipseCon 2009

Our talk with the title "Make Your Processes Executable!" for EclipseCon 2009 has been accepted. Alas, it has been shortened from half an hour to ten minutes only.

For a university in Germany having a business trip to California for only 10 minutes of presentation is a very high financial burden. Especially in todays monetary crisis!
Thanks to our boss, we are allowed nevertheless to make the trip in order to bring the project some steps further, to discuss with project partners and other project leads or committers. Probably we will try to have an additional poster in the poster session in order to have some more discussion about our project.

But for the next time, we will surely make it like other committers, too: we simply make several submissions. It is kind of strange now to read on e.g. PlanetEclipse that some people get a short talk, a long talk and a tutorial accepted, whereas other people are not even allowed to speak more than 10 minutes. But for next years Eclipse Summit Europe and the following EclipseCons we will probably consider that, too!


Ed Merks hat gesagt…

It sucks to be on a committee where you end up having to reject 2/3 to 3/4 of all the excellent proposals. In the end though, the choices have to be focused on what's best for the broadest audience, not what's best for the individual speakers. Some topics are just more interesting to a larger group of people...

Besides, the value of a conference isn't primarily in getting to speak, but rather in all the social interactions of which speaking is only a small part. I know that's a tough sell in many organizations though, particularly large ones where everyone wants to go.

Peter Friese hat gesagt…

Well, there even are some people who submitted a number of sessions but still didn't get a single talk accepted :-|

As Ed points out, socializing is an important point of conferences, no doubt. However, being allowed to present your ideas to a broader audience is nice as well - and sometimes more efficient.

Anyway - what I regret the most is that you don't get any feedback on why a session has been rejected. Except for the "thanks for your submission, but we really had too many of them". IIRC in the past, there have been lively discussions on the EclipseCon Bugzilla so you could at least get a feeling whether your talk would likely be a success or not. Not much bugzilla discussion has been going on this year - the sheer amount of submissions might be one reason for that.

Florian hat gesagt…

Ed, I completely understand that. And I will love to chat with people on EclipseCon this year as much as I did already last year and at the last two ESEs.
I know that with such a huge amount of submissions its quite hard to find the ones that are interesting for all and I am sure that most of the other talks might be much more interesting than ours will be, but I found the fact sad nevertheless.

And, Peter, I agree with you totally as well. In the research community where I'm from it is quite common that not only "Accepted" or "Denied" is sent to the author, but also some feedback in order to do better next time in case your talk or paper has been denied. That would definitely be nice for EclipseCon in the future, too!