Fulfilling Dreams and Shattering Dreams: All in one day
On Friday, January 20, I made a few Java developers very, very happy people. The Program Committee finalized their selections for the Technical Sessions for this year's JavaOne. We accepted 145 sessions (so far.) Additionally, 35 sessions were selected as alternates. I ended my week by sending out email notifications to those speakers, telling them the good news and setting in motion a rigorous presentation development and review process that culminates in front of an audience of their peers at JavaOne. Joy. Happiness.
Then today, I had the dubious task of finishing the notifications and telling the rest of the submitters (roughly 850!): "The high quality of submissions made the selection process extremely difficult. We regret to inform you that we will be unable to accept your proposal" Oh... But... I put so much thought into that proposal I was sure it was better than the one that got accepted last year. The disappointment that comes with rejection never feels good, no matter what the situation.
The Program Committee is always thrilled when the submission count is high. But with that thrill comes the tough job of selecting only about 15% of ALL submissions for technical sessions.
Over the next couple of weeks, I plan to provide some insight into the selection process and criteria - all in an effort to make the competition even TOUGHER next year.
But we still have Birds of a Feather sessions to finalize on Friday, 1/27. So, hang on, your dream may still be fulfilled.