I love getting the chance to host FLOSS Weekly and I mentioned in a recent post how many cool projects I’ve discovered through it. This past week though I got to interview an old friend about a project I definitely already knew plenty about. FLOSS Weekly 264 features lead developer Jon Spriggs talking about a project called CampFireManager or CFM for short.
One of the big problems we’ve had in organising OggCamp is making good use of rooms and resources for the barcamp element. We started purely as a barcamp and then in the second year adapted to also include some pre-sheduled sessions. Even so the core of the event is a barcamp, where attendees come and share ideas, give talks, and create the schedule as we go along. That’s great, and having been to many barcamps I can say the format works. There is one problem that crops up though. What happens when you end up with a talk 2 people want to see in a large auditorium and a talk EVERYONE wants to see in a tiny room? What happens is a big empty room with 3 people in it and 200 people trying to cram into a tiny space. Any hacker would have to admit that is suboptimal. Traditionally the “free for all” nature of room booking can create this situation, and often does.
Campfire Manager is the solution. It’s a piece of software that let’s attendees propose talks, vote and arrange the right sized room based on talk popularity. It also allows the live schedule to be shown on big screens around the venue and picked up on tablets, mobiles and anything else with a half decent web browser.
I think that’s quite enough pre-amble and explanation though. Find out more by watching the video of episode 264 (above) or listening to the podcast. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and don’t forget to come and see CFM in action at OggCamp13 on October 19th & 20th in Liverpool. More details on our website.
Ok that’s all for now, stay free, stay open source folks 🙂