So conference season is kicking in full force again, and I already have quite a few on my radar, though sadly I doubt I can attend them all. Here are a few worth taking note of, and some are coming up FAST so be sure to register if you’re at all interested because you may lose out!
DevOps Days Chicago (10/7 and 10/8): I am particularly bummed that I cannot make it to this one. Not just because it is organized by my friend Matt Stratton of Arrested DevOps, but because it’s guaranteed to be chock full of topics relevant to ANYONE in the software biz.
DevOpsDays is a community-driven technical conference that focuses on bridging the gap between development and operations. The first DevOpsDays took place in Ghent five years ago, and there have been over forty events worldwide since then. Now, it is finally coming to Chicago. DevOpsDays provides a collaborative environment where people can interact with their peers, learn about tools and automation, and discuss best practices. The topics covered are relevant for developers, system administrators, infosec engineers, QA engineers, product managers, technical managers, and anyone else responsible for delivering software.
This 2 day event is only $149. You can even receive a 10% discount on registration by using the promo code DEVOPSMATT when registering: http://devopsdays.org/events/2014-chicago/registration/
Also, seriously listen to Arrested DevOps, it’s a great podcast.
St Louis Day of .NET (11/13 through 11/15): Just a 5 hour drive (or Amtrak ride) away is this fantastic conference. I attended, ran a booth, and spoke at this event last year. There are over 140 sessions with a full day of “pre-compiler” sessions where you can get your hands dirty for a very small additional cost. It’s currently still in early bird pricing, so just $200 for the conference, and $84 for a full had precompiler session. If you register after October 13th the price jumps to $300, and it’s $600 at the door. So register quick!
They have top quality speakers, a great conference space, a full roster of local tech sponsors (like Polaris Solutions of course!) fun events to network (and just have fun), and is a really good value given how little it costs to attend. Also, the hotel is pretty swank too, so bring the family if you want to just spend the weekend there :)
Agile Day Chicago 2014 – (October 9th) This as a new one (to me anyway) and seems really promising. For just $99 I get an entire day of learning, collaborating, and sharing ideas with other agile practitioners in the Chicagoland area. The theme this year: Product Driven Learning - Listening, Learning, and Doing.
- Learning - Learn patterns and ideas that are currently being done for product learning
- Listening - New ideas for product learning
- Doing - An all interactive track where you will be doing things hands on
Sessions will speak to various topics like product design, leadership, technology and development practices all with a focus on outcomes.
More information can be found here - http://devjam.com/2014/07/31/agile-day-chicago-2014/
I’m also super stoked to be attending the Microsoft MVP Summit again! But this one is just for Microsoft MVPs. Hope to see you there if you;re an MVP! And if you’re not an MVP yet, chat with me some time about the benefits, and what kinds of activities qualify you for MVP, it’s an amazing program to be a part of :)