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February 7, 2005

What makes a conference compelling?

Having just registered for MySQL 2005, I started to write about some of the reasons I push to go to a conference, thought that thread belongs in a separate post.

To me, the main motivator in pushing for permission to attend a conference is how much of the program interests me and directly impacts what we're doing now or what we might be doing in the future. I've looked at umpteen different conference announcements and usually it comes down to OSCON as the top priority and then MySQL. I've looked at O'Reilly's Web 2.0 and Emerging Technology conferences, but neither of them have enough directly-related presentations for what I'm doing right now (although the web-services tracks are compelling).

I also have to keep my eyes on higher-ed conferences from groups like internet2, educause and sakai. The higher-ed conferences are about technology, but also have a heavy element of social networking. I'm not so good at networking, but I realize it's importance. The motivating factor in attending higher-ed meetings and conferences is still about learning technology, but I'm starting to see the importance of the networking and have been weighing that in as well.

Posted by mike at February 7, 2005 6:46 PM