[lfn-TAC] Remote Participation at the Porto DTF
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Based upon discussions between the LF and the venue and conversation during today’s event committee meeting, the following decisions have been made regarding remote attendance and the virtual-only track for the event. All other aspects of Heather’s original email to the community from May 19th (attached) regarding remote attendance still apply.
What has changed:
What is the same:
Hopefully these changes will better accomodate those that are unable to join us in person.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the event! :-D
ONAP Project & LFN Governing Board
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Subject: [lfn-TAC] Remote Participation at the Porto DTF
We are getting numerous requests for our June Developer and Testing Forum to be a hybrid event. We understand why: some geographies are still experiencing surges, corporate travel policies remain conservative, and some community members are not yet ready to travel. These are all valid.
The answer is, sadly, that we can’t. Bluntly, enabling a hybrid event would incur about a full 30% increase in total cost for what is a free event. We cannot do this and remain fiscally responsible. Additionally, it’s not a great experience for either on-site or remote participants.
As Unix philosophy states, “Do one thing and do it well.”
Since Unix philosophy also asserts the "need to work together,” LFN staff have come up with some adhoc solutions to enable community participation that will be provided on an unmanaged, self-serve, best effort basis. Please note that last sentence and note it well. We can enable but not ensure remote participation.
Here is what it looks like:
o All devices will be on the same Wifi network, including the presenter/facilitator slide show (i.e., subject to venue Wifi and public internet considerations) – there will be no managed network for presenter laptops.
o We cannot guarantee integration into the in-room microphone and A/V set-up. Attendees can obviously use things like USB speakers to aid in listening to discussions, but obviously quality will be best-effort. This may work fine for small breakout sessions but will likely be inadequate for larger rooms.
o Did I say Best Effort? That means there will not be full onsite technical support to troubleshoot audio or other issues related to remote connectivity. Please do not confuse your community architects with onsite IT. :)
As our event team works with the venue and A/V team, we will let you know if anything changes.
Finally, one last bit of Unix philosophy: “Economy and elegance of design through resource constraints.” The pandemic lockdowns started suddenly, but we find that they’re not ending that way. Connecting in-person again turns out to be bumpy and sometimes painful. We’re all doing our best, as a set of communities under constraints. This can either be a source of conflict or a source of creativity. Our choice. None but ours.
I appreciate everyone’s optimism, flexibility, and patience at this time as we all figure it out.