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Check out the BriForum session selection process, and help us pick sessions for BriForum 2012 London!

Written on Feb 29 2012
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by Gabe Knuth

Now that Call for Papers for BriForum 2012 London has ended, we're set to begin the hardest part of the process: selecting the actual sessions for BriForum. This year, we have 67 submissions (well, 76, but 9 of them were immediately disqualified for various rules violations), and we have to cut that number down to around 30 for the show.

To do this, we dump the results of the survey into a spreadsheet and hide the columns that contain identifiers like email address, name, and company. Then, Brian and I each look at the spreadsheet separately and assign each session a Yes, No, or Maybe vote, as well as make any notes that we feel are relevant. When we're done, we combine our ratings, unhide the columns, and spend several hours deliberating the merits of each of the sessions. In general, sessions that receive "Yes" votes from both of us are automatically in, but there's usually some disagreements that require some late night horse trading. 

This year, we thought we'd include the community in this since BriForum is, after all, a community-driven show. We've created a survey that includes each session title and abstract, along with "Yes," "No," and "Maybe" answers and a notes field (so you can tell us what you think of the session idea, good, bad, or otherwise). It's long–68 pages–but each page is a standalone session, so it should only take ten minutes to get through.

If you want to have an impact on the content at BriForum beyond the ability to submit a session, here's your chance. We'd very much appreciate your honest response to this survey (even if you don't plan on attending), and if we get enough results we'll use the information to help us choose sessions.

We'll know if you're cheating, either by stuffing the ballot box or by voting multiple times for just your session, so please, only take the survey once! 

 
 




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A.Nikolic wrote re: Check out the BriForum session selection process, and help us pick sessions for BriForum London!
on Wed, Feb 29 2012 5:24 AM Link To This Comment

Would be awesome if Brifoum would introduce an option to purchase a "virtual" admission card.  

So no admission to the event itself but full access to the video's immediately after Briforum. (after 6-7 months the content gets released to non-attendees like you do now)

I love Briforum but my managers are never going to pay for travel/living expenses outside my own country.

Buying a virtual ticket at a reduced rate to "training content" is probably an easier sell for a lot of non-consultant folks.

Brian Madden wrote re: Check out the BriForum session selection process, and help us pick sessions for BriForum 2012 London!
on Wed, Feb 29 2012 9:32 AM Link To This Comment

@A.Nikolic, We do have virtual admission. I think the price is $500 or something and it gets you access to all the videos of all the sessions as soon as they're available.

So look for details of that about a week after the show.

Brian Madden wrote re: Check out the BriForum session selection process, and help us pick sessions for BriForum 2012 London!
on Wed, Feb 29 2012 9:34 AM Link To This Comment

BTW, the session ideas that Gabe, Jack, and I have are not on this list, and neither is Ron's (as you heard on our show yesterday), so this isn't necessarily everything, but it's close.

A.Nikolic wrote re: Check out the BriForum session selection process, and help us pick sessions for BriForum 2012 London!
on Mon, Mar 5 2012 6:23 AM Link To This Comment

Thanks Brian I contacted Jenette about this so that is all set.

If you have the chance to gather your speakers before Briforum..please, please make sure they REPEAT the questions that the crowd is asking them.

I know it's goofy for the speakers to repeat the question but it's beyond annoying to listen to someone giving an answer if didn't catch the question!

(of just hand the asker a mic so that it may be recorded..)

Thanks and good luck to with the preparations

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