Deadline day for JavaOne 2006 session proposals
Are you planning on speaking at JavaOne 2006? Not if you don't get your proposal in before the end of the day. The Call for Papers closes today.
I spoke at last year's JavaOne in support of a book I co-wrote, and it was a very different experience than other conferences I've spoken at. There's the size thing, obviously: our session had hundreds of people in attendance, up from the dozens at O'Reilly conferences I've done, or the five that attended a talk I did at ADHOC 2004.
More than that, though, the JavaOne sessions stress consistency between sessions more than smaller conferences. If you're accepted, you'll get a template for your slides, and you'll have to get them in months before the show, so they can be checked, edited, and polished by Sun and show staff. They also have enough experience to know what does and doesn't work in a session, so expect feedback about the scope of your talk, whether there's enough code or too much, etc.
By the way, rehearse! A lot! My co-author and I had to work through some technical problems with our demos at the show (he had just moved out to California, so collaborating was difficult), and we really didn't have everything nailed down until the morning of the session. So much for early prep, huh? Worse, my sense of timing was wildly off. Countering previous experiences where I had too many slides and blew my time, I went too far the other way, and even with 10 live demos (which require extra time, since show staff needs to switch monitors), we finished our 60-minute talk in like 35 minutes. Oops. Having nailed down the demos and the content weeks or months in advance would have helped.
In case you're wondering: no, your editor isn't proposing any sessions for this year. I've spent the year reading and editing other people's work, and I can see there are so many people out there with more interesting and more valuable things to talk about. Maybe you're one of them? I can name many java.net projects off the top of my head that I'd love to see sessions on, and there are probably many, many more I've missed that are worthy of a session. If you're doing something interesting, this is a good venue for letting people know about it.
By the way, is there a java.net project you'd like to see a JavaOne session on? Post it as a talkback here, and maybe send the project owner an e-mail. But do it today.
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Deadline day for JavaOne 2006 session proposals