FOSS4G 2007 Presentation Program Selected

On Friday I sat down with the conference committee and we selected the 120 presentations that will make up the middle of the FOSS4G 2007 program. We had 217 submissions to choose from, and the job was made waaaaay easier by starting from the numbers generated by the community program review.

The review ended up generating 12,000 distinct rankings (a score on a talk) gathered from over 250 reviewers. Talks ranged in popularity from just over 50% (1 in 2 reviewers indicated they had interest) to 6%. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the process is that no submission was so unloved as to receive no votes – even the lowliest submission received 16 expressions of interest. We are a community with a wide ranges of tastes.