Web Directions North in two months
Having been to a few different conferences now, I'm getting a sense of what I like and don't like to see. So, with Web Directions North just under two months away, I have to say that I'm getting pretty excited.
First of all, I enjoy meeting new people which has traditionally been at odds with my personality. I tend to be shy and talk very little, especially in large crowds. While I'm not the best at remembering names, I love hearing people talk about what they do and how they do it. (I still feel weird hitting up the after parties and realizing that you've got a room full of geeks talking about web stuff. It seems strangely cool.)
The speaker lineup already looks really good and I can't wait to listen to a great blend of speakers. Cameron Adams is always highly entertaining and informative. Boris Mann's presentation on The 3 Stages of Content Management should be interesting (I have a special place in my heart for CMSs). Fellow Canadian, Daniel Burka will be presenting UI case studies, which should be plenty good.
Last year's event was so well organized. Sure, there's the inevitable lack of wifi (you almost have to go in expecting that the wifi signal is just going to be jammed and near useless) but everything else was flawless. Snacks were available between sessions and lunch was offered up in the hotel restaurant. It was great not having to miss the first session of the afternoon (as apparently happened with a few people who missed my session at FOWD). This year's event is in a different location but I don't doubt that the caliber of the event will be just as good.
With two days of workshops before and two days of skiing afterwards, it really is a great conference.
You can still get tickets at the early bird price of $795 until December 7th, after which it'll be $895. Even better, if you're a student, it's only $195.
Oh, and I'm speaking
If you feel like hearing me yammer on about Ajax Frameworks, you'll have to make the trip (and if you have any topics that you think I should specifically address in my session, let me know).