At POSSCON there were a lot of talks, most of which did little to interest me. I don't think this was the fault of the conference: I'm a weirdo. I tend to be developer-grade geeky, but am still not a developer and I wasn't otherwise representative of the general audience. By the end, I was starting to think that the thing most people talk about at conferences isn't very cutting edge. I don't think it's just POSSCON (surely not!) but I've not been to enough conferences to be able to speak definitively. In any case, I'd like to propose in open forum (i.e. this wiki,) a number of conference presentations that I'd like to see or would be willing to present.
If you're interested in any of these presentation, or want to help/inspire me to work up notes, please create or add to the wiki pages linked to below.
Emacs Productivity and Production, Org-Mode and Beyond
Emacs, with its extensive feature list, endless customizations, and arcane approach to user interface, is often the butt of many jokes. While some of this is certainly valid, there are many incredibly innovative and intensely useful pieces of software written for Emacs. This talk would center on the org-mode package, but would branch out to talk workflows and automation in Emacs and using Emacs to help people make awesome work.
The Year of The Linux Desktop: Amazing Window Manager Paradigms
I'm always distraught by the way that discussion of "The Linux Desktop" revolves around convincing people that the major desktop environments (KDE/GNOME) either: are feature comparable to the Windows/OS X desktop or are able to "out-Windows" and "out-OS X" each other/Windows/OS X. Both of these propositions seem somewhat tenuous and unlikely to be convincing in the long run, and do little to inspire enthusiasm for the platform. This is sad because there is a lot of very interesting activity in the Linux desktop space. This talk would present and explore a couple of projects in the tiling window manger space and explain why this kind of software is what should drive adoption of the Linux desktop.
Cloud Independence, Infrastructure, and Administration
The "cloud computing" paradigm and the shift to thinking about technology resources as service based raises some interesting questions about software/computing freedom and the shape of data ownership in the contemporary moment. This talk would address these questions, provide an overview of how to "go it alone," and how to be responsible for managing and administering for your own personal "cloud infrastructure."