The second influence of our Community Day just before TechEd was the now famous Foo (Friends of O’Reilly) Camp of Tim O’Reilly. This is double sweet, as Tim is going to keynote SAP TechEd in Las Vegas this year. (Official announcement on the SAP TechEd site on Monday)
At the beginning of SDN about 4 years ago the great folks from O’Reilly helped us getting started, especially around Weblogs. As I was the one implementing it, I got invited and went to the first two Foo Camps in Sebastopol. In Tim’s Takeaways from this year’s Foo Camp post he describes how the schedule is created:
The program is developed on the spot on Friday night by people swarming a set of big whiteboards with rooms and time blocks. The program is developed on the spot on Friday night by people swarming a set of big whiteboards with rooms and time blocks.
I really loved the diversity and breadth that this model bring. The people coming to an event and creating the sessions is now very common in the Unconference and BarCamp movements. But the first one to do it like that, at least for me was back then at Foo Camp.
We may still keep some slots open for themes that develop out of the Speed Networking, which I will explain in another post.
To the left the original Foo Camp session board, to the right our copy with Philippe Rosset making last scheduling changes to our BOF session white board.
As I wrote before, I am super happy that Tim will do the opening Keynote speech of SAP TechEd’07 in Las Vegas. (Sorry he can not make it to Munich) He will talk about: What Is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software.
It will happen already on Monday night: October the 1st 6pm to 7pm in the General Session Theatre at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. If everything works out, he will not only be the keynote speaker that evening, but also participate at the Community Day. That is what really excites me. Let’s cross our fingers.
One thing we will make sure is, that we Top Contributors after a long day of networking and sessions will get preferred seating at Tim’s keynote, which I am totally looking forward to. See you all there.