I am in Brussels, waiting to attend FOSDEM 2010, one of the biggest open source gatherings in Europe, taking place this weekend in Brussels.
On Sunday, there is a Developers Room for MySQL and Friends, with 14 talks from open source professionals coming from Europe and North America.
The novelty of this round of talks is that thy will be 20 minutes long, rather than 1 hour. This will force all presenters to be more cautious about their timing, and to concentrate their talks on the essential. Even the experienced ones, who have given the same talk several times, will have to make an effort to come to the point in less time. The idea cam from reading Scott Berkun's book, Confessions of a public speaker, where he argues successfully on the usefulness of short lectures. It's going to be interesting!
The hosts of the Developers Room are Ronald Bradford and myself, but nothing of this could have happened without the excellent preparatory work done by Lenz Grimmer, who can't be here to enjoy the results of his organization, because he must stay home, waiting for his second child to come any moment. Thanks, Lenz, and good luck!
In addition to the DevRoom, I will have a lightning talk on an unusual (for my public speaking record) topic: Blaming the unknown: a positive approach to technology. If you happen to be around, come see it. It's fun, I promise you, and also informative, or so I hope.