This year the Program Committee decided to try something different to increase community involvement with the abstract selection process for the annual summit. We decided to allow any registered PASS members to vote on the final 4 community sessions to be presented at the Summit in Seattle this year. With our historically low turnout in surveys of our membership, I turned to the team at PASSHQ with a simple question about whether or not we could use the same voting tool that is in place for the upcoming Board of Directors election. Considering our surveys have traditionally resulted in 300-500 results , at the time I put a personal goal on the survey response rate of 500, anything greater than that and I would consider the time and energy It took to put it together a win, anything less and well, we wouldn’t be doing any more exploring in the use of public voting for Summit Sessions.
I’m VERY pleased to say that by all indications, the voting process was a great success, sure we will always aim to do better but, for now, having over 1100 people vote on what they want to see at the Summit is a huge win for PASS as an organization. In the App Dev group, the winner was declared by 2 votes. 2 votes out of 600 is pretty outstanding, if you didn’t take the time and vote, you could have been the vote that swayed the result!! Don’t miss your chance next time!! The winning sessions can be found here.
I want to take the time to thank each and every member of the awesome PASS Community who voted. As well as Jeremiah Peschka (Twitter|Blog) & Lori Edwards (Twitter|Blog) for dealing with my crazy ideas on putting this together, and keeping me in check. Andy Warren (Twitter|Blog) for helping me get the voting tool he built for pass working for this use. Id also like to give a huge thanks to Hannes, Wesley and Elena at PASSHQ for helping bring all of this to PASS (pun intended)