Deeper in Dot Net 2006 - Follow up
Ok. I admit it. I'm totally late to the party with this post. But I wanted to delay writing this post on the "old blog" in favor of writing it here.
Anyways, I'm a member of the WI .NET User Group Executive Committee (and I'm not even an executive; go figure). The annual event for our group is Deeper in Dot Net (DiDN) and 2006 is the first year that I attended. This is also the first year that DiDN was under the direction of Scott Isaacs after Brian Tinkler's acceptance of a position at MSFT had caused Brian to give up the President and chief organizer position.
DiDN was outstanding in every respect. We had five great speakers: Michele Leroux Bustamante, Scott Hanselman, Julie Lerman, Bill Hatfield and Jason Beres. The show was free and we had about 600 people packed into the Milwaukee Downtown Hyatt for the event.
Of course, there were plenty of parties and dinners and other get togethers that were part of the event as well.
Anyways, the highlight of this event for me was the chance to talk with the speakers in person. In particular, I had a chance to talk at length with Julie Lerman (DiDN Links 1 2 3; no, not all drinks in Milwaukee have a sausage in them). I also had a chance to meet Korby Parnell (DiDN link) who came into town on his way to VSLive! up in Toronto. Additionally, unbeknownst to me at the time, but a member of the North America INETA board was also in attendance, having driven up from St. Louis. Scott Spradlin, whom I had not met before, was there and as I had said, I was completely clueless that he was an INETA guy. He just walked around as a regular attendee and took in the show. I think it is really great that this event had been noticed by a number of people and that there was genuine interest from both Microsoft and INETA.
I also met a few other out-of-towners. Doug Rhoten (blogless; get one soon) of the Chippewa Valley .NET User Group, David Palfery (another blogless guy; I'm working on him to get one) of the Fox Valley .NET User Group, Avonelle Lovhaug (DiDN links 1 2 3 4 5 6; ok, six posts; did you have a good time or what?) and Val The C# Gal (DiDN link) were also there.
I personally want to thank the WI .NET User Group, my fellow Executive Committee members and Scott Isaacs (and his wife Kelly) for the work that was done to make this event what it was.