Ideas for TheAquarium TV - Your Feedback is Wanted!

The experience with uStream.TV during CommunityOne and JavaOne has been very good. Paul Sterk et al. used it during CommunityOne under somewhat challenging circumstances (see Recordings); and the JavaOne keynotes were professionally recorded (Sun GS 1, Sun GS 2, Sun GS 3, Sun GS 4) and look really good. I also did some small tests a couple of weeks before C1 and once this last week and it worked well.

Some years ago I used to host a Sun-internal technology weekly seminar that was quite popular; I had to stop doing it because of other responsibilities but I've been planning to restart it as a global public event as soon as I could find the right technology; uStream seems a good candidate and I want to give it a try. I created a TheAquarium TV channel and I want to start using it in the next few weeks for different events.

Overall, uStream.TV seems to have most wanted features. The setup is very easy for both broadcasters and audience, the quality is quite good and the technology seems to scale well. There are recording / playback capabilities and an online chat with moderation and polling and the host can invite additional hosts.

Below are some of the ideas that we could pursue with TA TV. They are in no particular order; give me your feedback and additional ideas; I'd like to start a few trials soon - I'll announce the trials at TheAquarium and in this blog.

GlassFish Technologies - GlassFish has many important technologies, we probably can do a weekly technical seminar just covering them. The traditional length of these presentations are 1 hour; we could start there and see how it works. Examples of technologes can include:

• Grizzly, OSGi, ....
• Comet, GWT, ...
• Clustering, Failover, ...
• Extensibility, Embeddability, Monitoring, ...

GlassFish Awards Program Series - Presentations based on the GAP Submissions.

MicroTalks or Lighting Talks - This is more a format than a specific topic. We could either have shorter presentations, or take several topics and bundle them into a full hour.

Use Cases and Architectures - Perhaps invite presenters from the Stories program?

Partners - Sun has a new GlassFish Partners Program and we could give them an opportunity to present what they are doing with GlassFish, with some guideance to make the presentations as useful to the audience as possible.

Geo-Focused Talks - One of my goals with this program is to reach outside of my immediate geographic location. That means beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, but also beyond the US, reaching through the globe into all the areas where there is interest for our technologies (see GF GeoMap). Clearly the internet helps but Time-Zones and culture/language may get in the way. A couple of ideas to explore are: having alternate broadcast times (say one for US-Europe, and another for Asia-Pacific), and having events that are hosted by special guests from around the world.

These are just some ideas, please let me know what you think. This is a new medium for me; I'm sure that, with your help, we will learn how to use it as we go through it.

Comments:

How about a weekly (or bi-weekly) wrap-up of interesting happenings in the GF world? e.g. new deployments, tips, discussion of interesting bloggers, etc. Sort of a running news program. It's a TV channel after all, right :)

Posted by James Falkner on May 19, 2008 at 02:00 AM PDT #

re: James -- Seems doable. We certainly would have the material, just need some people with energy and skills to sign up for it. And signing up means for a multi-month trial period.

Let's add this one to the list of possibilities and see how to do it. I have an idea that perhaps could scale/sustain itself.

- eduard/o

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on May 19, 2008 at 03:03 AM PDT #

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