Archive for the ‘Industry Events’ Category
Well, on this first Friday of the new Fiscal Year, I had a few minutes to catch up on things. One was to watch the Cisco Live 2011 Highlights video. I happened to be up in Las Vegas supporting some of my accounts during the event (Vegas is a part of my territory). Being new to Cisco, I have to say that I was surprised as to how *BIG* Cisco Live really was.
It was being held at The Mandalay Bay, where I have attended INTEROP the last several years. So I thought it was roughly the same size in terms of size and scope. Wowers – I was *way* off. Cisco Live was much bigger and more comprehensive. In all fairness, I didn’t actually attend the event, but I can tell you in terms of signage, space, and presence of attendees, I was impressed.
By the way, since I wasn’t an attendee, I didn’t get one of the cool Cisco Live backpacks. Let me know if you want to send one my way…
If you read my latest posts, you already know that I attended the Certified Wireless Analysis Professional beta course hosted by the CWNP program in Atlanta, GA last week.
I really enjoyed all the side bar discussions between attendees. There were at least 3-4 vendors represented, as well as VARs/Integrators and enterprise wireless network administrators. I spoke about my favorite side-bar discussion, which was about locating wireless devices through spectrum analysis on my Computerworld blog.
Attending the course also really reinforced what a big believer I am in the CWNP program. It’s great to see a vendor neutral training and certification body in our field. I really think that along with the IEEE and Wi-Fi Alliance, they have done a great job promoting and educating the community about wireless technology, which helps drive growth / adoption, which is good for everyone involved.
Therefore, I wanted to take the time to interview one of the CWNP co-founders, Kevin Sandlin, to have him explain about the program and how it fits an emerging trend in the marketplace:
The dates for Shmoocon 2011 were recently announced. The annual East-coast hackers convention will be held January 28th – 30th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 2011.
It appears that the convention will take place at a different venue this year, the Washington Hilton Hotel. As a Platinum Marriott member, I am a little disappointed that it won’t take place at the Wardman Park Marriott as it had in years past.
If I could tell you one thing, it’s that attendance to this event sells out FAST (literally, within minutes), so keep watching the Shmoocon website on dates and times to get your tickets. You will have to jump on them immediately. That being said, the majority of the weekend passes are usually available for around $75, so it’s not hard to see why they sell out so fast.
One of the best things about Shmoocon is the high quality speakers they bring in each year. Speakers that have stuck out to me in the past include Joshua Wright and Simple Nomad.
Besides the quality content, another great reason to attend is that it is FUN. They have lots of ancillary activities to include a “Hack or Halo” contest (hackers compete in a capture the flag contest and gamers participate in a Halo contest on the XBox 360), as well as an off-site party.
Bottom line, Shmoocon is definitely worth both your time and your money.
I just published a post on my Computerworld blog about how conferences and tradeshows of the future are incorporating more mobile and wireless technologies to provide attendees more value than ever before.
In that post, you’ll find out how cutting edge events are:
- Extending the battery life of your mobile devices
- Using high density Wi-Fi networks to offload bandwidth demands from cellular networks
- Leveraging video as a way for attendees to connect & share
I am attending the Forrester IT Forum in Las Vegas, NV this week. It is a three day event centered around Business Technology. The event has great keynote speakers (among others, today’s were from CIO of Starbucks, VP of Lean Business from Nike, and CEO of Xerox). There are also break-out or track sessions. There are 10 or so different tracks. Today I attended the track for Technology Product Management & Marketing Professionals.
I am covering the event on my Computerworld blog (http://blogs.computerworld.com/haider) – In fact, I just posted my first video blog for Computerworld! It is is about a minute long, so hop on over there and check it out!
I will be speaking at the Region One Technology Education Conference in South Padre Island, TX tomorrow at 9 AM local time.
My presentation is titled “802.11n: Lessons Learned from the First 1,000 Xirrus Installations”
Districts making the move to 802.11n or deploying a wireless network for the first time will explore lessons learned from the past two years of over 1000 Xirrus 11n installations. Site surveys, network design, client considerations, performance results, interoperability and backwards compatibility will all be investigated.
Leadership and Administration – e-Rate Training and Technology Purchasing
Innovation – Web 2.0 Tools, Mobile Devices and Open Source Products
Teaching and Learning – Technology Education and Content Area Based Workshops
Technology Support and Management – Security, Data Management and Green Technologies
Here is a link to the conference website: http://www.esc1.net/129310101014405833/site/default.asp