Re: [Builder] Developer experience (DX) hackfest 2016

On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 5:49 PM, Christian Hergert <christian hergert me> wrote:
On 12/24/2015 11:17 AM, philip chimento gmail com wrote:
> I'm really interested in participating but circumstances prevent me from
> attending in person. I just signed up as the first remote participant.
> My purpose with this e-mail is to encourage other remotees to sign up;
> and to ask for some ideas about how remotees can meaningfully participate.

This is great, and something I'd like to see more of, given what travel
does to our environment.

What can we do to make sure you feel enabled to participate?

Assuming you'll be in Vancouver, -9 hours from Belgium, this is going to
be quite a sacrifice for you. We usually get started between 09:00 and
10:00, so midnight to sunrise for you.

Alternatively, if we're good about having work items on a public board,
you could work on things while we sleep, in true F/OSS fashion.

So I guess that brings me back to my question, what can we do?

Sorry for the delay in replying; partly to let the video chat discussion settle, and partly disconnecting for holidays.

It's unlikely that I'll be able to contribute meaningfully if I stay up all night. So, I would prefer the asynchronous method. I am still trying to figure out how much time I can devote to the hackfest, but if there is a discussion or whiteboarding session at the beginning of the (GMT+1) day, then I can definitely join in, either on a one-way live stream, or on a multi-way conversation, and figure out what to contribute to from there.

I am still trying to figure out just how much time I am able to devote during those days.

 * Remote video? (assuming participants are comfortable with that)

I personally am comfortable.
 * More IRC conversations, or dedicated stenographer?

Probably a list of outcomes of conversations, for people who are not able to join in live. I personally like to do this even if all the participants in the same room.

 * Etherpad for notes/conversations?

Never tried it, but it seems great.
I think one thing that would help is for remote participants to prepare
a list of topics they'd like to ensure are discussed, since we usually
start by white-boarding topics for the 3-day session.

Yep, I added my topics to the list when I signed-up (namely, documentation browser that I've been working on, and GJS), but I'd be happy to elaborate on that so that you have more than just a few keywords.

Philip C.

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