[openstack-dev] [all][tc] Proposal: Separate design summits from OpenStack conferences

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Mon Feb 8 03:38:39 UTC 2016

On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 8:07 PM, Jay Pipes <jaypipes at gmail.com> wrote:


> Many contributors submit talks to speak at the conference part of an
> OpenStack Summit because their company says it's the only way they will pay
> for them to attend the design summit. This is, IMHO, a terrible thing. The
> design summit is a *working* event. Companies that contribute to OpenStack
> projects should send their engineers to working events because that is
> where work is done, not so that their engineer can go give a talk about
> some vendor's agenda-item or newfangled product.


I mostly agree with you on the points you make, but I want to call out this
bit specifically.

We live in a world in which we have trouble getting employers to send
people to our extremely cost conscious mid-cycles. Do we really think that
those people will be able to come to design summits if there isn't a user
conference to "drag" their attendance? The data certainly says that we get
more people at nova design summit sessions than we do at mid-cycles

I'd want concrete reassurances that the right people would be able to come
to the redesigned thing before I'd want to change.


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