I just started organizing the first SAP Inside Track in Italy (more info here) and I immediately had the idea to adopt the same format of the SAP TechEd Demo Jam.
As you know, during that magic moment, participants are challenged to share their knowledge in just 6 mins with the following rules: no slides, no sales, original live content only.
Since the meaning of in-person events, such the SAP Inside Tracks, is to meet interesting people that contribute to the SCN Community, I think it’s better to listen to as many of them as possible talking about several different topics.
Planning a sequence of short sessions of 6 mins, plus 2 mins for the host switching, it means 7 sessions per hour, 20 sessions just in the morning.
It seems we’ll have also time for a couple of special sessions of 12 mins, and some slots to improve the network and others for some deep diving with the experts.
IMHO, the real enemy of this kind of events is the Attention Span that, in the era of Google, Social Networks and micro-blogging, is getting shorter by the day.
Here, I found a nice chart representing the concept
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