I got an idea to create conference management system. We have created an project in Red Hat faculty lab. With Petr and Standa we have decided to create something from scratch and now we have some proof of concept result.
The project is hosted at github and it is targeted to OpenShift deployment.
First, we were looking for some State of the Art projects. We have found sched.org, which is commercial, but have all the nice features. Next, we have found conf.kde.org, which is written in Ruby on Rails. The project is written as part of kde website and it looks it haven’t ambitions to become widely used.
After few weeks of development someone pointed us to OpenSuse’s osem which looks very nice. It makes sense to join bigger project, but we decided to stay with our project.
We have tested our selves and the abilities of the system with OpenAlt conference. This conference focused on local people opensource, education, DIY, etc. It is actually quite big conference. We took almost all rooms on the faculty with 8 parallel tracks.
The conflab project is currently in alpha stage. There are lot of missing features. Basically, the only working feature is schedule created by drag and drop and import and export of data.
The API allowed us to fit into conference graphical guide and maintain details about all tracks.
Right now, we know, there is a lot of work on the content management. We also know, that this is not exactly our target. We are considering how to fit this into WordPress, Drupal or any other content management system.
The OpenAlt 2015 is over. Our next target is to adjust system for DevConf 2016.