March 20, 2013
I know that *I* love lightning talks.
That's why I got really excited when I heard that the DC DevOps group had a meeting devoted to lightning talks in September...and I was also jealous, because that's a really great idea.
I mentioned my idea after a recent BB-LISA meeting here in Boston, and people thought it was an interesting idea. Of course, it also seems that if you volunteer an idea, you volunteer for the idea, so if you look at the BBLISA Calendar, you'll see my name attached to the meeting. That's what I get, I suppose.
That's alright, though, because this is going to be a GREAT meeting. Here's my plan: For the April 10th meeting, I want to do 9-12 five minute lightning talks. That will take 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Then, I want to act as a moderator-type person for a round table discussion of everyone in the meeting while we talk about what we just saw. Presenters can answer questions from the crowd, and we can dive in a little deeper and learn more.
I figure it's the best part of a lightning talk (being introduced to tons of crazy new ideas) with the added bonus of learning more if you want. Everyone should definitely bring pens and paper to write down some of the things you hear about.
I do need a favor, though. I don't yet have 12 lightning talks volunteered. I have a few, and I know that I'm going to get more, but if you're in the Boston area, you can help out a lot by filling out this form and signing up for a slot. Giving a lightning talk is really easy (and if you signed up to give a Lightning Talk at LOPSA-East, then this is the best practice that there is!).
Please, if you're in the Boston area, sign up, and if you know anyone in the Boston area (besides me), send them here!
Remember: More Lightning Talks = More Awesome.
It's as simple as that!