There were 350 submissions and of those, 131 were accepted into the program. There were tough decisions to be made given the caliber of the proposals submitted but I’m confident we chose the best program possible. If you were curious how we made the selections, our main focus was quality of the proposal, relevant technical content and speaker experience. We also paid special attention to proposals that were given at previous EclipseCon’s or Eclipse Summit Europe’s as we had access to attendee voting data to ensure we were accepting quality proposals. Also, to help with the decision making process, we allowed speakers to sell their proposal with two ignite-style audition sessions. Furthermore, I wanted to ensure we had a fresh program this year and although I love y’all, I don’t want to see the same proposals every year. On top of that, we also budgeted a very small set of proposals for relatively new eclipse.org projects which are often underrepresented at EclipseCon.
Also, unlike previous years and as an experiment, I made every program committee member go through each proposal and express their vote and thoughts. In the past, we would generally separate into special interest groups and bring forward our personal picks. While this new process took a bit longer than I like, I believe we got a better program out of it. For those of you who didn’t get any proposals selected, I’m sorry and still hope many of you can join us at EclipseCon.
In the end, I want to thank my fellow program committee members for working close to the holidays to finalize the program before the end of the year.
I hope to see everyone at conference next year!