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Planning the BrainShare 2007 General Sessions (part one)

n_red.jpgIt’s official. I have been assigned to plan the general sessions for BrainShare 2007.

Along with my colleague Clint Carroll, it’s my job to make the general sessions at BrainShare blow the doors off of any BrainShare keynote you have seen before. Clint and I are diving into the task with zeal.

Having already seen the stage comps from the production company, we already have a lot of cool ideas for what we want to put on stage.

Before I get started on sharing some of our ideas, I want to hear from some BrainShare alumni about what you want more of and less of out of the BrainShare general sessions. So please, lecture and confabulate, advise and rant, invent and inspire, let loose, open up, and tell me what you think Novell needs to do this year in the general sessions. In other words, please comment.

7 Responses

  1. Implementing ZLM in a larger scale environment. (Talk to EOY)

  2. We need a session that gives us an understanding of what the upgrade process will look like from OES Linux v1 to OES Linux v2? Is there an in place upgrade? XEN sessions are a must too.

  3. Ted,

    This will be year 11 for me. I would like to see the general sessions be upbeat, fun events. The football one from Friday of last year is a good example. I have pretty much learned to write-off the weds. keynote each year, as they are drier than last weeks toast. Another example of a good session from a few years ago was Carl Ledbetter. At least it wasn’t just another slide presentation with wierd charts that nobody really understands. I know there is a need for Novell to get a certain message out, and to allow it’s big partners a chance to get a message out. But a dry speech with boring slides is NOT the way to do it. We need substance, excitement and dynamism. Please don’t let someone get up on stage and give us a boring speech. Don’t just make the friday keynote something people look forward too, make them ALL something we look forward to.
    Thanks, Mike B.

  4. Ted, I almost forgot. It would be cool to invite some of the LUG Radio guys, The Linux Action Show guys, and any other Linux podcasters to Brainshare. I dont feel they are competition to the Novell Open Audio show, rather they all compliment each other nicely. You guys could have a “podcast day” setup somewhere in the Salt Palace, and have a few key/interesting Linux folks at Novell make the rounds to each podcast for interviews. This would be very cool. Even if Novell paid the expense to bring these guys in, and let them into the show for free, Novell would reap a huge reward in publicity. Just think of all the blog entries and podcasts about everything that happens at the show all week.
    P.S. If you use this idea, I want credit and a T-shirt that fits (XXL please).πŸ™‚

  5. I agree with Mike Brady completely. Brainshare 2007 is a great opportunity to show some folks in the Linux community that it is possible to serve the interests of Open Source and at the same time do business with the old guard companies like M$. I know you and the LUG Radio team are on pretty friendly terms I would love to see them in Salt Lake. Heck, invite Groklaw and Bruce Perens for that matter. In March it will be almost 6 months after the Novell/M$ deal. You guys should show the Linux community that novell has not gone back on it’s word or commitment to Open Source. The sky really is NOT falling.

    btw, good to see you blogging again TedπŸ™‚

  6. Hey Ted, looks like the Salt Palace is getting ready for Brainshare already!

    http://www.mapmsg.com/en/view?l=zlWqpuXaNrnVKHTNUFfp1N2chC&m=QnJhaW5zaGFyZS4uLi4udzAwdCE&v=fzbxr

  7. Ted,

    I’m awfully sorry to say that the Mon and Wed keynotes have been horrid, horrible and horrendous. I was bored stiff. It’s not that the people on stage have nothing interesting to tell — Zenworks Orchestrator is an astonishing piece of software; the Teaming stuff looks nice too — but that those assigned to talk about it can’t get the message across in any positive, upbeat way. *They* don’t seem to be enthousiastic about it themselves.

    A major reason for this, I feel, is that there’s no interaction with the public. Some of it’s just not set up that way — viz. the fireside chat thingie with Mundie, or some of the demos with multiple demodudes on it who talk to each other (very clearly along a script, too) — and some of ’em try (‘Hey, what did you think of it so far?!’) but go on straight away and hence don’t seem interested in the crowd’s answer.

    I’d suggest that you take a look at a document called “Training for Novell” — it used to be compulsory reading matter back when I was a CNI — as it contains a lot of presentation tips/tricks.

    Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

    Keep up the good work, though!

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