WTF are “Shared Spaces”?

In this blogpost we introduce you to the new concept of shared spaces that can be found among the assemblies.

An earlier blogpost introduced you to the concept of workshops run by assemblies.

These assemblies already registered seats for themselves and requested optional “special seats” specifically for workshops.

We assigned seats to every assembly that registered on time.  Fortunately, we had more than enough seats to fulfill all requests.   In order to effectively utilize the extra space and help foster a greater sense of community, we created “shared spaces”.  These spaces are clearly marked signs hung from the ceiling or placed on the corresponding tables.

Feel free to use those shared places for:

  • Your assembly’s workshop
  • Just sitting down if you’re looking for a seat

If you have an assembly you designated the number of seats you needed for your group, plus the number of seats required for your workshops.   We took the additional seating required for workshops into account when creating the shared spaces.   Seats assigned to your assembly are yours for the duration of the 29c3.

However, you will need to coordinate the use of the shared spaces with neighboring assemblies.   Assemblies with scheduled workshops always take priority.  The shared spaces are free unless there is a scheduled workshop taking place.

If your assembly is planning a workshop that requires the use of the shared space, please make sure to properly reserve it well in advance.  The best way to reserve it the shared space is to place a sign on the table clearly stating when your workshops will take place.  (This will also help attendees know where your workshops are.)  If you are using the shared space prior to a workshop, please make sure to leave with enough time for the workshop to set up.  As well, once you’re done with your workshop, please tidy up and leave the shared space as you would like to find it.

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