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Indian government departments are turning to Google Hangout as a platform to gather public feedback, offering citizens three occasions to use the platform to query government officials about the economy and road safety.

January 30, 2006 by

Speaker diversity at Lotusphere

Ina comment, JonathanWalkup writes:However,I was surprised in retrospect that so many speakers seemed to pop up againand again.  Not that I don't enjoy Bob Balaban's talks immensely,but it almost seems like you could have gone to the Sphere this year andonly been in sessions he presented :-)I'd like to put in an early vote foras diverse a set of speakers as possible next year.  I can't imaginethat someone who has two or three presentations to work on can devote asmuch time to getting them right as someone who only has one to give.  I'malso curious about how many of the speakers this year were new to Lotusphere. Do you track that?So, I suspect Rockywill chime on this as well but here's my take.We made a major effort to select manynew speakers for Lotusphere 2006.    In the innovations track,about half of the sessions were net new speakers.  In the infrastructuretrack, I worked with a track with about 40% new speakers.  In theBest Practices track, Rocky selected a number of Lotusphere "virgins"-- Devin Olsen, Paul Mooney, Warren Elsmore, Chris Whisonant, and others. Put another way, when we had "Gurupalooza" on Thursday,I wasn't able to call on all the speakers by name -- because many of thefaces were brand new to me.Yes, there were a few frequent speakerslike Bob Balaban (seven sessions), Chris Reckling (three sessions plusrepeats) Bill Buchan (three sessions), and Peter Janzen (four sessions).  On the other hand, there were 313 speakers at Lotusphere2006 overall.  There were 328 speakers overall at Lotusphere 2005. So while there was a minor drop in the number of unique voices yearto year, it's still over 300 total.  Plenty of diversity.As for having enough time to devoteto getting them right -- I think you sell the speakers short.  I mayhave "only" had two sessions during Lotusphere 2006, but I hadjust as much (or more) competition for my time (sessions at Software Universitythe week prior, press and customer meetings during Lotusphere, etc).  TheJanuary balancing act has just become like "tax season" for manyof us -- we know how to put it into overdrive and get it done.  Formy two sessions, I drew content from the work I did for the IBM meetingthe week prior, from my Lotusphere presentations of previous years, andfrom my weblog.  For some of our speakers, their Lotusphere contentis essentially their "canned" pitch from the last six-twelvemonths of road shows and training events.At any rate, as a track manager, I paycareful attention to ratings from years past when selecting speakers.  Evenin my track, where I have little choice over speakers (due to subject matterexpertise), I made adjustments and rejections based on feedback and reputation. That's why the overall conference ratings have gone up sequentiallythe last four years.  I'm expecting that trend to continue when weget the ratings for LS06.


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