I love the idea of giving people the ability to request talks. I think this is something we can initiate and then see how it works out.
I also agree with idea of making hands-on sessions separate events. Of course, there is absolutely no reason people can’t do a spontaneous hands-on session after a talk (however then the schedule needs to be enforced: first talk, then questions, then discussion regarding the talk, then hands-on and secondary questions).
Apart from having the setup, I think that the mindset that makes you attend either a talk or a hands-on session is completely different. (I might be in the mood to just hear some new ideas and not get active myself, or the other way round. I think we all know how hard it can be to make people (inter)act if they are not in the mindset for it.) Of course, if the topic could qualify for both a presentation and a hands-on session we can schedule both. (@Dextyrio, @argentum).
@SkepticMystic Awesome, thank you for this. Google Forms is fine for me.
Some additional ideas:
- To be honest, I would rather have two seperate forms for offering and for requesting.
- Both: We could add the option that the person who fills out the form can offer/request either a talk or a hands-on/hacking session.
- Offer a talk/hands-on:
- I think it would be nice to add a description field that would contain an outline or a few descriptive sentence about the contents and intention of the event.
- Maybe make “expected duration” and “want moderator” seperate fields?
- Intended audience? Probably too specific in the beginning. I would prefer it if we could design it such that everyone can listen to every talk and get at least the basic idea of it.
- Technical requirements (in particular for hands-on sessions)
- Offer a talk:
- Make it clear that the talk can be about a hobby just as well as something “professional”. Anything that is fun or fulfilling!
- Willing to record the talk and share the recording?
- Recording is probably only interesting for talks; and then we must not forget to inform the audience that they are potentially being recorded if they share voice / webcam during the talk.
I am envisioning a (live-updating/curated) online list of requested and offered talks with the ability to vote on either. We have a more general need to establish a means for that anyway: At some point we need to publicly share information such as scheduled meetings or additional materials / links. Something like a Meta-Vault (catchy name?).
- Could be an actual vault shared via Publish, but that would mean only one person can edit it, correct? (Voting would have to be set up externally)
- A public Notion page could work but we would probably be burned at the stake for the heresy
- Would a forum thread suffice? (Could vote via hearts)
- Would a discord channel suffice? (Could vote via reaction emojis)
- Or both? Discord channel for announcements and discussions, forum thread for votes and follow-up information?
Re. the channel (@Dextyrio) – Although I agree that Discord would be the lowest barrier of entry, I think the step of clicking on a link that takes you to a Zoom/BBB/Hangouts call is not very big. I think we can expect our audience to be able to manage this. I have very strong feelings about people being excluded because of technical reasons. The meeting could be announced together with the link in the discord some time in advance and shortly before the meeting starts.
We could also leave the choice of the medium/channel to the host but I’d rather not do that. This introduces a lot of inconsistency.
@Dextyrio You sound like you want to host/lead such a “starting experiment”? What would it be about?
I already have ideas for one small presentation (my current research topic) and a hands-on (introducing some data science tool).
Scheduling the event would probably be up to the availability of the host/presenter?
Re. the name:
- What about “Graph Talks” / “Graph Hacks”? In the end, this is about networking…
- “Community Talks” / “Community Hands-On”? I think I like this best.
- I feel like “User group” sounds super boring and dry so we should probably not use that.
- “Hackathon” would be fine for me for hands-on sessions. Or just “hands-on”?
- If we end up labelling the events “Obsidian Flobblewobb” we should probably ask one of the devs if it’s fine to include the name of the product, lest we imply some official affiliation.
To sum up, the immediate action items we need in order to get started:
- make the signup/request form perfect
- decide on a medium/channel
- find a place to put public information such as schedule, voting, etc.