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Schedulebuilder Tryout - Day 1

Posted by driscoll on May 16, 2006 at 5:20 PM PDT

In a previous post, I talked about how the people who run the conference were planning on having a new way to schedule and attend talks at JavaOne this year.

Well, first day is mostly done, and I think we've gotten a pretty good idea of how it's working.

My evaluation is "could be better". I've yet to see the first 3 slides of ANY talk that I've attended - and I was registered for all of them. On the other hand - I actually got in to all the talks that I wanted to see - because I was registered (and 2 of them were totally full).

So - what's the problem? Crowd control is an issue - the lines are longer, and take longer to traverse, than in previous years. Which means that crowd control is more of an issue, and was probably not planned for well enough.

Also, if you're going to stuff 1200 people into a room in 15 minutes, how many stations for reading cards would you have? Hint: More than 4.

And lastly, if you've got a real problem with getting people in quickly, doesn't it make sense to open the rooms up as soon as you can? So far, they haven't - rooms were closed until 15 minutes before the sessions started, even if the rooms were free.

So, what can be done about this? Well, it seems clear that in order for this to be successful, we're going to have to put more people on crowd control, and get more badge readers.

I know that the organizers are looking hard at this, and I suspect that we'll see improvements tomorrow. What's your experience? Please comment below.

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