Managing a decentralized program team
Our program team was structured as a collaborative effort between the program chair (in this case Simone) and the program coordinator (Elena). Working around them were the program curators.
After the call for proposal cards were made and a list of suggested speakers was generated, the 6 tracks/questions were each assigned, one to a curator. Since there were 7 curators, one was left over. The extra curator helped provide general program assistance to Elena throughout the process, as well as managing the Fest Forward program.
The chair, coordinator and curators worked as a team up until this point, after which the curators worked individually on their assigned tracks to develop program content (see Program Assembly)