Sep 05 2007
In earlier post I wrote about being selected as a speaker for the conference again this year. As I generally do I submitted about a half dozen ideas, of which two were accepted. As it turns out, there was an ulterior motive in place. I didn’t get two abstracts selected, but something different altogether.
The folks that manage the conference have always seemed to me to have been receptive to suggestions and creative input as to how to make the conference better. This fall they are going to introduce some “double-feature” presentations. I have seen comments in my conference feedback forms before about letting speakers go into more detail by allocating more time, and it seems that some folks will be given that opportunity this year. My presentation — Tales From a Universe Ninja — will be a two-part presentation.
They accepted two abstracts because their system doesn’t currently provide for a two-part presentation, and obviously I had not submitted a two-part presentation. By accepting two different abstracts they reserved two slots. Ultimately the second topic didn’t really matter because they intended to stretch the first one into two parts.
What does this mean? It means that I will be given two presentation slots that run back-to-back, and the ability to carry one topic over two hours instead of just one. Instead of three or four designer techniques I can cover more. Two times the time allowed, two times the content…
And two times the bad jokes. You have been warned.