Plone Conference 2006 is a community-driven conference, and one of the most important roles that you play is putting together the agenda. Here's everything you need to know to help create the Plone Conference you've always wanted to attend. :-)
Process and deadlines
Sunday, August 6 - Session proposals due
Monday, August 21 - Selected sessions announced
Wednesday, October 11 - Session materials due
Evaluation Criteria for Session Proposals
The Plone Conference 2006 Program Team will consider the following criteria in choosing sessions:
- Broad relevance to Plone community (end-users, integrators & developers)
- Demonstrations of production-ready products that solve common problems of Plone customers
- Case studies that showcase replicable strategies for success with Plone and are approachable for Plone project managers and Plone integrators
- Sessions that will teach beginning or intermediate level Plone administrators & integrators the core skills necessary to succeed with Plone
- Sessions that will help people make the leap to being effective contributors to Plone (both core & add-on Products)
- Demonstrations & exercises with specific code examples
- Sessions that will spark people's passion for Plone by making them feel empowered and successful
- Sessions that address important leading-edge technologies that are important to Plone's future development
- Sessions that address Plone community processes
- Speaker's track record of delivering well-received sessions at past Plone events
- Geographic, sector and gender diversity of presenters
Sessions We'd Like to See
Wondering what would make a good session? Have we got some ideas for you! ;-)
Sessions that address the following topics are particularly likely to be smiled upon by the Program Team. But don't let this list be a straitjacket. If you've got an idea for an amazing session that's not on this list, go for it!
- Getting the Most Out of the Plone UI - Explore each of those nooks and cranies of the Plone User Interface.
- Blogging With Plone
- How to Customize Plone's Page Templates - an introduction to Zope Page Templates
- Building Multi-lingual websites With LinguaPlone
- Creating Custom Content Types - an introduction to Archetypes, what they can do, and how to create them
- Creating Powerful Custom Workflows That Map to Your Business Processes - an introduction to Plone workflows
- Connecting Plone to Relational Database Systems
- Plone and Accessibility - why accessibility is important, How not to screw up accessibility in your site, demonstration of accessibile technology or what it is like for a blind person to use Plone
- Tips and Tricks for Efficient Plone Development - e.g. practical demos of browser tools, local installations, source control, debugging tools, IDEs, etc.
- Content Versioning (e.g. CMFEditions)
- Multi-user Collaborative Sites
- How to Plug Into the Plone Community
- Automatic Code Generator Smackdown - a panel demo/discussion of genesis, ArchGenXml, skeletor, genericsetup, etc.
- Deployment Strategies - a panel demo/discussion of Entransit, EnSimpleStaging, CMFDeployment, Cachefu, etc. How to they compare, contrast and complement each other in real-world situations?
- PlonePAS - writing your own authentication modules
- AJAX and Plone - How you can make your Plone product more user-friendly by using whatever the heck Plone's AJAX story turns out to be, which we do not currently understand but are very excited about. ;-)
Session Leader Compensation
All session leaders will receive complimentary conference admission (valued at $250-300).
Session leaders who organize a panel session will receive an additional payment of $150 in recognition of the additional effort required to recruit and coordinate panel participants. We suggest you use this money to buy your panelists beer. ;-) Panelists will not receive complimentary conference admission.
Tutorial leaders (90 minute and 3 hour sessions) will receive an additional payment of US$500, in recognition of the considerable additional effort required to put together a successful and engaging tutorial session.
If your session is selected, you will receive information on how to register at no cost. Tutorial and panel leaders will receive their additional payments ~14 days after the conference ends.