Codemash 2010 is in the books, and once again it has proved that sub-1000 attendee regional conferences can provide at least as good – if not a better – experience than the PDCs and the TechEds of the world. Every single attendee that I spoke with was blown away by the speakers, the open spaces, the staff, the location, the food and everything else. With the exception of the local area network and AT&Ts poor showing signal-wise, I don’t think I heard a single complaint.
It was the best one yet, and I believe they will outdo themselves next year as well. It’s a great con, and I think all of the people who put it together: Jim Holmes, Brian H. Prince and Jason Gilmore, along with the speaker board, the vendors and the countless volunteers. It was a great team effort.
Honestly, I didn’t go to too many sessions this year. I did manage to go do the Ruby Koans with EdgeCase, and that was eye opening. Not only did I get started learning a new language, I also learned a fantastic way to teach a new language. My other precompiler session was with Mary Poppendieck, on the topic of leadership and building sustainable competency in an IT organization. She knows her stuff, and I think I found the mentor I needed going forward with the Technical Evangelist project at ICC.
The breakout sessions were not as mind blowing as I thought they would be. There was a distinct shift in the presenters this year, with many fewer local speakers, and a lot of names I didn’t know, but with impressive titles. I don’t think any one company had more than one presenter, except EdgeCase, who presented a remarkable SEVEN TIMES through the con. Those guys are smart, but SEVEN TIMES? I just don’t know.
Honesty, the quality of breakouts that I went to was about the same. Rob Gillen had a very well delivered presentation on using Azure for parsing weather data, and that was really eye opening. Other than that, though, it seemed to be a lot of the same old stuff. Nothing was bad, mind you, just a little less inspiring than I thought given the 500 presentations that they had to pick from.
<sigh> No matter how I say that it just sounds bad. I was really happy with the breakouts. There, I said it. I just thought there would be more ANAZING stuff.
Anyway, I was really honored to be asked to speak this year. I did my Economics of Cloud Computing presentation, and it was really well received. Many people stopped me afterward and mentioned how they liked the information (and then there was Pete Gordon, who told me my math was wrong.)
Anyway, I had the classic stupid technical problem at the beginning, but a reboot fixed it, and everyone waited patiently. I could have used the time though – I had to rush through the cloud breakdown a little. It was a bummer. Oh:
Here is the link to the Economics of Cloud Computing Presentation.
Here is the link to the orginal Economics of Cloud Computing paper.
Here is my new SpeakerRate.com page. Go rate me – since I am not sure if evals were actually taken.
There is a lot to be said about holding a developer conference at the largest indoor waterpark in the country, too. Aside from that there was a game room set up by Jeff Blankenburg, KidsMash, and this huge ball cannon tree root air swoosh thingie:
A good time was had by all.
econofcloud.pptx (7.08 mb)