The Mortal Sin of Conference Organizers

2 minute read, published .

Like many professional developers, I find myself at my fair share of technology conferences — some organized by conference veterans, some by conference noobies. I can deal with a cold hot lunch or running out of coffee, but there’s one mistake that we just can’t keep making — both for the sake of our community and for our sanity.

Organizers and speakers must stick to the contract:

I’ve witnessed talks get cut by over 25% twice: as a speaker at Nebraska Code Camp and just now as an attendee of Dustin Black’s excellent overview of GlusterFS at FOSSCON. It sucks. Not just for the speaker, the organizers, and the attendees; but the community as a whole.

So, can we just all agree to show up a little extra early, plan twice as twice as much time for registration as needed, and keep to the schedule? If we must adjust the schedule, at very least let’s take time evenly from all speakers?