William Bilancio is organising a Lightning Talks session for the LISA'11 conference in Boston. A LISA Birds of a Feather("BoF") session is an informal opportunity for sysadmins to share knowledge and/or enthusiasm.
Lightning Talks are a series of five-minute talks where enthusiasm is paramount and almost anything that might be of interest to sysadmins is on-topic.
In particular this is for real, practical material that wouldn't make it to the technical sessions for one reason or another, but might be of benefit or interest to the community.
- Here's a really cool tool/technique that I think is underrated.
- Call for Assistance. "I want to do X, but I need help".
- Testing the Waters. "I'm thinking starting X, what do you think about the issue?"
- Wouldn't it be nice if...? Someone should do it.
- Here's how I got to wear the hero/fool cape recently at my company. And the lesson.
- Heresy. "Everyone" says/does X and this is why they're wrong.
- Orthodoxy. "Everyone" says/does X and this is the lesser known reason *why*.
- You All Suck. Here's what's wrong with this community and how to fix it.
- Here's an issue facing our industry/community/project. What do we think about it?
Why might I want to give a Lightning Talk?
- You can get heard by some smart folks who might be able to advise or assist.
- The barrier to entry is very low. It doesn't require a lot of preparation to do five minutes on something you really care about.
- It's about time you gave something back.
- You might get a fresh perspective or a shot of encouragement.
Why might I want to attend the Lightning Talks BoF?
Because you might learn of something great you haven't come across before. Because you might get (re-)enthused about something you heard of but forgot about. Because listening to smart people talk about what fires them up is fun.
5 minutes each means low risk. And if you leave with just one idea that you actually use, then it's well worth it.