What: Lightning Demos, Mini-Breakouts & Lightning Talks ... and record them!
Jeff Osier-Mixon wondered aloud in a previously email "what it would be like if we had smaller & more numerous breakout rooms". I thought "Isn't that is what we had been doing?" and so it made me think ... "What if ... What if we updated the CLS West format to focus on shorter & smaller everything." Would that be good and how would we do it?
First of all, what if we started off the morning with Lightning Demos of new community management tools & hacks. We could let the audience vote on the demo they liked best. An example could be how you segment new community members. Or perhaps a cool task management technique like http://bulletjournal.com/. I know I'd find that valuable.
Then, we'd organize Mini-Breakouts each breakout session much shorter than 1 hour. We could let attendees vote on 15, 30 or 45 min up front. I've asked attendees at the past 50 or so CloudCamps & BigDataCamps and I have a feeling I know what the answer will be.
Finally, we would have 3 minute Lightning Talks at the end of the day to summarize each session. We'd record these lightning talks and put them online.
The Agenda would look something like this:
+8:45 am: Registration & Networking
+9:30 am: Welcome & Instructions
+9:45 am: Lightning Demos (up to 4)
+10:30 am: Mini-session organization & voting
+10:45 am: Coffee Break
+11:00 am: Mini-sessions: Round 11
+1:30 pm: Mini-sessions: Round 21
+2:15 pm: Lunch (we're all on our own)
+1:30 pm: Lightning Demos (up to 4)
+2:15 pm: Mini-sessions: Round 3
+2:45 pm: Mini-sessions: Round 4
+3:15 pm: Sum-ups: Lightning Talks to summarize each session
+4:00 pm Wrap up. Where to next?