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With Or Without You

Posted by editor on March 26, 2007 at 7:50 AM PDT

Joining us in the booth for some mini-talks?

Traffic is picking up on the sign-ups for mini-talks at the booth on the JavaOne 2007 pavilion floor. That's good. What's not so good is that some of the recent sign-ups haven't followed the directions to provide a link to the presenters' people pages and provide an abstract. The abstract is particularly important because not only does it help in approving a session, we also plan to use these descriptions in the podcast feed this year, meaning that what you type here is going on to lots of peoples' iPods.

The abstracts only need to be a paragraph or so, and can either be uploaded or posted as new wiki pages. Check out the abstracts for mini-talks on RIFE, Jarvis, or Keaton (bias disclosure: my mini-talk) for an example.

Anyways, we'll probably blow out the incomplete sign-ups in the next few days, freeing up more space for more sessions. So, if you didn't post an abstract or link to your people page, please do so now. And everyone else who'd like to do a mini-talk, take a look at the schedule. Thursday remains wide open, but spots on Wednesday and Thursday are already going fast.

We've made this Community Corner remidner this week's Spotlight again, to help remind people of our JavaOne activities. The booth at JavaOne 2007 will be your place to meet up with fellow project members and community leaders, and check out the mini-talks. Also, we'll have a running slide-show of pictures, such as photos of project members and teams, screenshots, meetups, etc. If you'd like to add a photo from your project to the slideshow, just follow the directions.

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