The week before any conference is always busy, not just in terms of getting stuff ready to take and not forgetting everything, but also preparing the family for my absence. This time has been no exception to that rule but with the added complication that the children will be off school the week I am away. This has meant that I have to have done all the 'little' jobs around the house and that my wife has anything she needs while I am away.
This year's conferences are being quite painful in their timing (through no fault of the organisers) just that they seem to fall on school break times. IBM Connect in February was during the half term break and is Social Connections. MWLUG will also be during the summer break which makes it hard on the whole family when I've missed 3 weeks of 'schools out' to spend with the kids and help my wife out. Please don't think I'm complaining about my amazing job and the community of friends that I get to see at these events. I'm just being a realist about what is happening at home while I'm not here.
So about Social Connections 11 in Chicago.
I'm really excited to get to this conference as the agenda looks amazing. Some really great speakers and some fantastic topics. My co-worker Sharon James and I are speaking on Thursday 1st June in the Redis Room about upgrading Connections from 5.x to 6.x. I'll be speaking from the project manager side of the equation and Sharon will be highlighting some of the more technical aspects of the projects we have already done.
If you'd like to know more about the work that Sharon and I do, then please take a look at the BCC Services page.
Would be great to see you there if you can make it.