Kate Stewart – Linux Plumbers Conference 2017 https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2017 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:09:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Summary of Survey Results – Thanks to all those who responded https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2017/summary-of-survey-results-thanks-to-all-those-who-responded/ https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2017/summary-of-survey-results-thanks-to-all-those-who-responded/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:07:18 +0000 http://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2017/?p=951 Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey after Linux Plumbers in 2017,  we had 134 responses to it which, given the total number of conference participants of around 354, has provided confidence in the feedback trends.

Overall – 85% of respondents were positive about the event,  with only 2% actually saying they were dissatisfied.    Co-locating with Open Source Summit did not provide as much benefit as locating with the Kernel Summit in the past, so we will be co-locating with Kernel Summit in 2018.    This preference was also echoed in the write-in comments.   Conference participation was down from 2016,  but adding back the Kernel Summit colocation should address this.

On a positive note, the wireless woes of 2016 were resolved, and survey feedback indicated satisfaction in this area.   Also, folks have let us know that they were able to hear better in the rooms this time and follow the conversations – the throwable microphones were helpful here.  53% felt the conference size was about right, with 45% wanting more to be able to attend.

Communication – People generally approved of the communication from the committee (we didn’t spam you too much), and you were able to find the talks you wanted to attend.   The authors and miniconf leads that responded, followed the trend.

Venue – From the feedback,  we got the clear signal, that smaller venues like Santa Fe are preferred.   For 2018, Plumbers will be held in Vancouver, Canada,  where we’ll have a floor dedicated to us.    From your feedback,  we got wireless, power plug access, hacking space areas right this year, but had problems with on-site catering taking the break beverages and snacks away too soon.   The use of meal cards continues to be very popular, and the catering at the off-site events was well received and appreciated.

Events – The Closing Plenary was generally well received.  Some individuals didn’t find the lightning summaries at the closing that useful, but overall the survey feedback for those responding was either neutral or positive (less than 5% negative), similar to 2016.   We’re looking into the feasibility of some of the suggestions from the written comments to try to improve the closing summary further.   There were several compliments that came through on our evening events, and again the overall feedback provided was very positive.

Location –  Respondents were very positive about the convenience of having the hotel as the conference site,  and were able to use the negotiated rates.   They were more neutral about the choice of LA for the event (some liking it, some not).

Sessions – Of the sessions,  the hallway track continues to remain the most popular and well attended.   There was a very positive response to most of the miniconfs and talks; the refereed track running in parallel was popular.  Our experiment of using part of the time for an unconference was generally well received by those participating, but the write-in comments have some good suggestions for improving this.   Similarly making the schedule visible before the early registration closes is something that attendees want to see.   Keeping the focus on solving problems rather than presenting status is something we have improved on, and will continue to emphasize for next year.

There were lots of great suggestions in the “what one thing would you like to see changed”, and the program committee has been studying them to see what is possible to implement this year.    Thank you again to the participants for their input and help on making the Linux Plumbers Conference better in 2018 and the future.

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Input for LPC 2017 – feedback from last year https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2017/input-for-linux-plumbers-conference-2017-feedback-from-last-year/ https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2017/input-for-linux-plumbers-conference-2017-feedback-from-last-year/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:42:46 +0000 http://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2017/?p=191 Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey after Linux Plumbers in 2016, we had 159 responses to it which, given the total number of conference participants of around 450, has provided confidence in the feedback trends.

Overall – 93% of respondents were positive about the event, despite our wireless woes this year. Co-locating with Kernel Summit was perceived by about ⅔ as helpful/very helpful, and this was echoed in the write in comments, as well as the fact that 81% felt that the discussions at the event were helpful/very helpful in resolving problems. 60% felt that the size of the conference was about right, with 26% wanting a few more able to attend.

Communication – feedback was positive with >80% either neutral or positive about the level of communication from the committee (we didn’t spam you too much), and you were able to find the talks you wanted to attend. The authors and miniconf leads that responded, followed the trend. In the comments there were some specific suggestions for improvements though, that will be considered.

Venue – While we can’t change 2017 event venue now, based on the fact that 56% would prefer being in an interesting location in future, we’ll factor that into the search for 2018. We got power plug access right, but had problems with wireless due to the SYN flood attack on the ISP, which has pointed out that we can’t always depend on the internet service of the venue. We’ll be adding an evaluation of the wireless to the site preview in future. The catering and use of meal cards had >90% neutral to very positive response.

Events – The Opening and Closing Plenaries were generally well received. Some individuals didn’t find the lightening summaries at the closing that useful, but overall the survey feedback for those responding was either neutral or positive ( less than 5% negative). There were several compliments that came through on our evening events, and again the overall feedback provided was very positive.

Location – 78% liked the fact we were in Santa Fe. There were some written comments expressing concern on transportation to get there, however once there the venue proved popular. 75% found the negotiated rates at the hotels were helpful as well.

Sessions – Of the sessions, the hallway track continues to remain the most popular and well attended. There was a very positive response to most of the miniconf and talks with less than 5% considering a session not relevant in each case. The refereed track running in parallel was popular. The joint kernel/plumbers workshops look like they need some refinement in the planning, based on the comments. Keeping the focus on solving problems rather than presenting status is something we should continue to emphasize for next year.

There were lots of great suggestions in the “what one thing would you like to see changed”, and the program committee will be studying them to see what is possible to implement this year. Thank you again to the participants for their input and help on making the Linux Plumbers Conference better in 2017 and the future.

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