On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 04:45:49PM +0800, Tim Bowden wrote: > The FOSS4G 2009 team are planning a 3 day code sprint. The conference > itself will be starting with workshops on Tuesday 20 Oct and finishing > on Friday 23rd Oct. > > The possibilities for the code sprint are for the preceding Wednesday- > Friday giving a long weekend in between (giving time for touring, more > coding or whatever) or Sat - Monday with no break between the code > sprint and the conference. What would people prefer?
I'm strongly in favor of the former. For one, like Cape Town, Sydney is too long of a flight to make it just a trip about the conference, in my opinion. We had an organized group do a two day trip down the cape after the Code Sprint in Cape Town, and I think it was a really successful bonding experience for those of us who came along, allowing some non-coding social time where we all go to hang out and know each other a little better, which I expect will help develop better communications in the coming months within the project. Also, having a break between the conference after the code sprint keeps the possibility of having a 'finished' result of something by the conference more likely as well. In general, code sprints are good at producing a lot of unpolished code: a couple days can help to get the code a bit more polished in order to present it as a new development during the conference, if people so choose. Lastly, I think that having a break before the conference gives people a bit of time to unwind: code sprints tend to be exhausting if you do them right (taking full advantage of shared physical location with long hours, for example), and going directly from that into a conference (described by one attendee as being similar to 'a 5 day long rave' due to the amount of energy it consumes) feels dangerous. :) Regards, -- Christopher Schmidt Web Developer _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@lists.osgeo.org http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss