The quality of your droidcon Italy experience will depend a little bit on how good the lunch is, a little bit on how cool the swag is and a little bit on whether or not it’s raining. But the quality of your experience will largely depend on how relevant, timely, useful, unusual, applicable, stimulating, inspiring and personally enjoyable you find the conference agenda.
At droidcon Italy the conference agenda is the heart of the conference and it matters to us that the agenda is right for you. Every year we review the process of how we curate and construct the droidcon Italy agenda and this is the space where we share that process with you, so that you know what goes in to creating that agenda, and so that you can share your feedback and input with us. Thank you in advance!
The speakers and presentations on the droidcon Italy agenda come from three key sources: Call for Papers submissions, individuals that we identify and invite independently, sponsor speakers.
In order to maintain the high quality of the droidcon Italy agenda we work with an external committee to provide advice and direction. The committee members are invited based on their track record in the industry, their role in the committee is voluntary – they are remunerated only with a complementary ticket to droidcon Italy, and committee members are not allowed to speak on the conference agenda – this prevents any bias of any kind.
One of our aims is to work with a committee that represents the diversity we want to see on the agenda and the diversity we want to achieve in the droidcon audience. We’re not saying it’s perfect, but we will tell you we’re always trying our best.
You can see the committee members list here.
The Call for Papers submissions are downloaded, collated and divided between the committee members. The committee review the submissions and decide – based on merit of the speaker and merit of the topic – which submissions should make the final cut of the agenda.
The selected speakers are contacted, and assuming they’re still available, their place on the agenda is confirmed.
Those presentations are combined with the selected speakers (the identified industry leaders we talked about before) and the committee work together to create a ‘flow’ to the agenda. Key considerations are: no conflicting sessions, creating an element of narrative to the agenda, and distinguishing between keynote and track presentations. Sponsor presentations are included in this curation, and also evaluated for the merit of their content and positioned in the agenda based on best ‘fit’ with other themes and speakers.