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KansasFest is only a month away, and submissions for sessions are still being accepted. I know from past experience that I am happiest when I am able to contribute to an event. For example, this past March's PAX East was my favorite of the four I've attended, courtesy the opportunity to moderate the panel "Will Win/Should Win". I enjoyed being on stage and sharing it with such talented gaming critics as Susan Arendt, Jesse Cox, Charles Battersby, and Will Brierly.
But that wasn't my first rodeo, nor my first panel. Although I've been presenting at KansasFest almost every year for the past decade, lately I've cottoned to the panel format, as it allows multiple voices to be heard and engaged with. I moderated one panel at KansasFest 2010 and in the following years assembled panels for other attendees to moderate:
- • 2010: Apple's Growing Divide Between Users and Programmers
- • 2011: The Golden Age of the Apple II (moderated by Jason Scott)
- • 2012: Podcasting Battle Royale (moderated by Steve Weyhrich)
This was a blast. Let's do it again!
I would like to resume the role of panel moderator at KansasFest 2013, but I've not yet given much thought as to what an appropriate topic might be. Ideally, it would be something timely (as in the 2010 and 2012 examples, above) or which plays to the panelists' strengths (as in 2011, when Bob Bishop and Steve Weyhrich were guest speakers).
What issue is facing Apple II users, either within the Apple II community or in the larger Apple realm, today? What products, be they GS/OS, Mac OS X, Kickstarter, or Juiced.GS, warrant debate? Who has an expertise or opinionated personality that we can exploit with some time in the spotlight?