@sils1297 It's mostly planned a week before the main conference AFAIK. Last year there were few rooms where around 20-30 people sat and discussed stuff. Was very quick session, not more than 20 minutes
And it's not mentioned on the schedule so most of the people come to know about open spaces of XYZ through other people present at the conf only.
I missed a few open spaces discussion last year because I didn't know they were happening !!
so FWIW I'm not convinced of the open spaces thing yet... though it reaches a lot of people. I think the following would be neat:
A workshop on writing bears as proposed by @mr-karan , I'd make it more generic and not tailored to linter bears though. I'm not sure if a bear for each participant is a realistic goal.
A workshop or an open space or a talk or something about using coala
A workshop on how to contribute to open source. It's important that this one is generic, using coala as an example is ok but the goals and contents should be generic. What people learn here is applicable to other projects oo.
A dev sprint is something where you get a room for a few days IIUC, we should have that too, gain new users and contributors or just use it as our own little hackfest.
if people do something particularly cool on the workshop they can get a t shirt :)