Today we had the annual selection meeting for Northern Voice speakers. We prepare as much as possible, but it’s always a marathon affair–today’s was a little under four hours.
This year’s selection process was the hardest ever because there were more submissions, and they were of a higher calibre. It’s a complicated process, because you’re trying to balance the demands the diverse attendees against the type of submissions you receive. And, of course, the diversity of submissions doesn’t necessarily map to the schedule we ultimately want.
Still, I’m really pleased with the schedule we came up with. It’s packed with stuff for both the noob and grizzled veteran, and is probably the broadest we’ve ever had.
We’ll be contacting all the speakers over the next couple of weeks, and make the schedule public as soon as we can.