Levels of Technical Difficulty
The levels of technical difficulty are used for speakers to set expectations for attendees. It indicates the anticipated level of experience the attendee should have with the technology before participating in the session, so that they can best understand and appreciate the content.
Level 1: Introductory. These sessions are intended for the most basic, beginner-level audience. No prerequisites are assumed, and no prior knowledge of the subject matter is expected of the audience for a full understanding of the session content.
Level 2: Intermediate. These sessions are intended for a technical audience who have some knowledge of the subject matter but who need additional information on the technology, architecture, protocol, design, deployment or troubleshooting details. There is an assumption of prerequisites or recommended sessions for Intermediate level sessions (which are defined in the session detail and listed in the session abstract).
Level 3: Advanced. These sessions are intended for a very technical audience. The session content is focused on fine detail, therefore a thorough understanding of the intermediate level technical detail on a particular subject is assumed and expected for the audience to gain any benefit from an advanced level session. There is an assumption of prerequisites or recommended sessions for Advanced level sessions (which are defined in the session detail and listed in the session abstract).
Determining Level by Session ID
Levels of difficulty are indicated by Session ID and Abstract. The first number in a sequence for the session ID indicates the level of difficulty. For example:
Session ID VVT-1005 is an introductory session because the first number in the Session ID sequence is a 1.
Session ID AGG-2102 is an intermediate level session because the first number in the Session ID sequence is a 2.
Session ID RST-3015 is an advanced session because the first number in the Session ID sequence is a 3.
Additionally, the first sentence in an abstract should indicate the level of difficulty. For example:
“This session is an introductory session that provides basic information on the technologies and protocols most commonly used in a Voice-over-IP environment.”