By sduv on Apr 05, 2006
Well, JavaOne is almost upon us. This year it is in May, not June. I was on the program committee again this year, responsible for co-ordinating content selection on the core enterprise track. KNowing how much work it was last year, this year I was prudent enough to ask my manager for additional help.
First we were worried that our Call For proposals which was out in December 2005, was too early and we would not get enough enough proposals. Well, it turned out that our fears were quite unnecessary. The number of proposals in Core Enterprise (Java EE) track were about the same as last year. We have nearly 425 proposals just in this track!
We had a a budget of 28 talk slots in this track. Waded through nearly 350 proposals for technical sessions. You can see how the odds are? 1 in 12 talk prospoals gets accepted. If your proposal got accepted, congratulations. You now know how hard it is.
Usually we have the same number of BOFs as Technical Sessions, in each track. But a majority of proposals are for Technical Sessions. We look for the richness of topic and abstract and convert some technical session proposals to BOFs. So if you had a TS proposal, but you got a BOF instead think about your abstract and talk flow in your proposal next year.
For the first time at JavaOne 2005, we passed around pencils and bubble sheets for audience feedback on each talk. We got thousands of feedback entries, audience ratings. They even scanned the scribbled comments at the bottom and got PDF. All this feedback was unprecedented. We learn a lot about what people like and why. We also learned why some speakers did not quite get it right and connect with audience. The feedback has been shared with the speakers confidentially. Based on attendance counts and quality ratings, we were also able to announce the Top 20 talks awards for 2005.
All in all the feedback is wonderful and very useful. You can expect the same thing to happen again this year. Keep the feedback coming and help us to make the conference better.
Oh, one other thing. We did a minor clean up of track titles. We now have an abstract track called "Java EE". Web Tier and Core Enterprise are the real tracks. The major tracks are Java SE (Core Platform), Java EE (Enterprise) and Java ME (Mobility), as you have already guessed.