Mac OS X Conference Strategy

by Niel M. Bornstein

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I've been unlucky enough to be stuck with employers that don't believe in keeping their employees skilled, so I haven't been to a conference since 1995 or so. And I haven't been to a Mac show since MacWorld San Francisco in 93 or 94.

So getting to attend the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference is a real treat, and I want to take the best possible advantage of it. Derrick Story has posted some tips for attendees, but I've decided to outline my plans here.

I'll be arriving in San Francisco late on Monday night for the conference, which starts Tuesday the 26th. Although I'm staying with family in the City by the Bay, I'm planning to spend as much time in Santa Clara as possible.

On Tuesday, I'm planning to attend the keynotes, of course. But then I'd like to check out Brian Fitzpatrick's Subversion session and Sal Saghoian's Automator talk. I'm undecided about the late afternoon sessions right now, and Tuesday night I'll probably spend some time hanging around and polishing up my presentation.

On Wednesday, I'll probably have to skip out of Stewart Copeland's keynote, which breaks my heart; but my talk is right after his. I'm also sorry that I'll have to miss Aaron Hillegass' talk on Best Practices for Cocoa Programmers, as he's on at the same time as me.

After that, I expect to bounce around a bit. I'll be in need of decompression and I don't want to plan ahead yet. At 4:15, I'll check out Oliver Breidenbach's How Not to Write Great Mac Software and Dori Smith's Bluetooth talk.

Alas, I need to return to Atlanta at noon on Thursday, so I won't be able to attend any sessions that day.

I expect it to be a great experience, and I look forward to seeing you there.

What's your strategy for making the most of a technology conference?


2004-10-18 15:37:17
Mac OS X Conference Strategy
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