[foms] next "FOMS" workshop

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 16 19:23:38 PDT 2011

Hi Zachary,

The way I understand the planning, there are three types of groups:
exhibits, working groups (discussions), and hackfests. Most of the
technical tracks are supposed to be hackfests with an outcome. Some
may be "user" oriented - such as for users of javascript libraries -
others more "developer" oriented - such as for developers of browsers
or media players. Note that my distinction between "users" and
"developers" is somewhat arbitrary, since the tech track is totally
focused on technical people. :-)

Ben may be able to clarify his view.


On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 1:55 AM, Zachary Ozer <zach at longtailvideo.com> wrote:
> Hi Silvia,
> As always, very excited!
> Are there any plans for a few coding sessions / hackathon? They can
> yield amazing progress…
> Best,
> Zach
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> On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 2:26 AM, Silvia Pfeiffer
> <silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> This year, the Open Video Conference will be taking place on the
>> 10-12th September in New York. I was asked to have FOMS included in
>> the conference and I've worked with Ben Moskowitz on sorting out the
>> best way.
>> OVC supposedly have an awesome venue with many rooms and are planning
>> something very different to previous years: something much more
>> productive.
>> There will be workshops in three domains: creative, policy and technical.
>> The workshops will be about a particular current topic in the domain
>> and will all be outcome focused.
>> In the technical space that means there will be workshops for users to
>> learn how to work with certain technology and produce some examples
>> (e.g. work with popcorn.js or Firefox Rainbow etc).
>> Also - and this is probably mostly due to the way in which we ran FOMS
>> in the last two years - they want to have *developer-centric*
>> workshops very much along the FOMS spirit.
>> However, rather than have a single "FOMS" track, we decided to
>> identify some key technical issue beforehand and pull out working
>> groups for these up front. Topics that I have suggested are:
>> * HTTP adaptive streaming (yes, to continue the discussions from last year)
>> * Browser video metrics/stats
>> * HTML5 video accessibility
>> * WebRTC (which was already a topic)
>> * Camera and microphone interfaces (which also already was a topic)
>> (Do we need something about codecs?)
>> In addition to this I suggested to hold a single "Open Media Software
>> Developers" get-together at the beginning of the conference to do what
>> we have done in previous FOMSes: introduce ourselves and express the
>> things that currently bug us and that we would like to discuss with
>> others. If we identify anything that hasn't got a breakout group yet,
>> we have the chance to actually create such a group. There seem to be
>> sufficient rooms available to accommodate this. We could presumably
>> even have a permanent hacking room where we can catch up when nothing
>> else is on.
>> But first let me ask this question: Does anyone here have any other
>> ideas for breakout groups for OVC that we should definitely have and
>> that I missed above?
>> I hope you're putting the OVC date in your diaries and starting to
>> plan the trip, because I think - even though we are ripping FOMS apart
>> - the spirit of FOMS is actually moving into this larger thing that is
>> called OVC and it will be totally awesome.
>> Cheers,
>> Silvia.
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