I forgot completely to close up the feedback system for our talks at FOSDEM and post the feedback to the speakers. My apologies to all speakers and others who were interested! Thankfully, Marc Balmer reminded me today and the individual ratings for different speakers have been sent off to them.
When it comes to the aggregated statistics, they look fairly similar to what we saw at PGDay. The number of speakers were much lower, and unfortunately so were the number of people giving feedback. But in the end, the results were fairly clear. I am especially happy with the level of knowledge in the speakers we attract. Let's start with the graphs:
Breaking down the details, I think this shows a great quality of our speakers:
Name | Speaker Quality | Votes | Deviation Simon Riggs | 4.8 | 6 | 0.4 Magnus Hagander | 4.6 | 5 | 0.5 David Fetter | 4.5 | 4 | 1 Heikki Linnakangas | 4.3 | 9 | 0.9 Dave Page | 4.2 | 10 | 1.0 Marc Balmer | 3.4 | 5 | 1.7 Peter Eisentraut | 3.3 | 7 | 1.0
And the level of their knowledge is even higher:
Name | Speaker Knowledge | Votes | Deviation Simon Riggs | 5 | 6 | 0 Magnus Hagander | 5 | 5 | 0 Heikki Linnakangas | 5 | 9 | 0 David Fetter | 4.8 | 4 | 0.5 Dave Page | 4.3 | 10 | 1.1 Peter Eisentraut | 4.3 | 7 | 1.1 || Marc Balmer || 3.6 || 5 || 1.7 ||
Even at the bottom of this list, the numbers are very good! Unfortunately, the fairly low number of votes give a high deviation at the bottom of the chart.
For next time, we'd really like to get more people to leave their feedback. Does anybody have a good idea on how to make that happen?
One thing you can do is create quarter-page sized surveys that people fill out and drop in a box on their way out the door. And when introducing the speaker AND when applauding a speaker at the end of the talk: *mention* that the survey is there for them to fill out, and also provide a short URL that people could easily type into a phone.
Well we *did* mention it :-) The others we didn't do though. We had the URL on a board next to the speaker, but it wasn't a short one. I guess we could use an URL trimming service for it next time. It also does require you to login, which is probably a bigger obstacle to use it from a phone, really. Not to keen on the dead tree version for obvious reasons, but I guess it might help with the number of people responding...