Birds of a Feather Sessions
The idea for LCA2011 is not to hold specific BOF sessions but instead to make facilities (smaller rooms, whiteboard, pens , etc.) available to delegates throughout the week in case groups wish to gather together to discuss topics.
One of the opinions expressed from past delegate's experiences of BOFs is one of a forced gathering with little in the way of agenda, which can end up with a group sitting in a room and not much conversation going on. The idea of providing meeting rooms will help facilitate what very commonly happens during the conference in that spontanious groups form to discuss a topic. If delegates wish to advertise such break-out meetings, the LCA committee will provide the means to do so.
It is felt that this idea will help more toward the natural flow of the conference than BOFs traditionally have.