I’ll be speaking in Austin, Texas at Tech Unplugged this week. As always, it will be good to catch up with the thought leaders and friends that will be in attendance.
That’s one of the greatest benefits of working in the IT industry. It’s so vast, that the areas of speciality each take on a smaller community personality. I’ve known many of the attendees for over 8 years or more.
I think that Eric at discopossee.com described it perfectly that even if we weren’t working with vendors there sponsoring the shows, we’d still go for the networking with peers opportunity.
Vendor conferences are necessary and do serve a good purpose. In fact, my personal favorite vendor conference last year was Amazon’s re:Invent. The sessions I attended were solutions driven, imaginative and some were downright thought inspiring. It’s been a long time since I could say that about a vendor conference.
I enjoy conferences like the Tech Reckoning gathering last fall that John Troyer hosted. These events are focused on ideation and connecting dots not necessarily advantageous to a single vendor in the pursuit of creating something better.
Thinking is good.