Conferences For Beginners

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Conferences For Beginners

  1. 1. Conferences for Beginners brian d foy, <brian.d.foy@gmail.com> Jim Brandt, <cbrandt@buffalo.edu> version 2.0, YAPC Chicago 2006 This presentation has a Creative Commons license (Attribution, Non-commercial, Share-Alike)
  2. 2. Welcome! Benvenuti Bienvenue Willkommen Bem-vindo Merhaba Velkommen Fáilte Welkom Bonvenon HELO Tervetuloa Aloha-mai
  3. 3. Get what you need
  4. 4. The Thirds One part of stuff... you need to learn you think is interesting that’s new to you
  5. 5. Get something for the hand that feeds you
  6. 6. Justify the conference cost Five things your company can use Talk to a module author fix a bug explain a feature Meet someone who can... help you now help you later Make business or sales contacts
  7. 7. First Impressions
  8. 8. Is everyone using a Powerbook (MacBook)? Is anyone actually listening to the talks? Are people really IRC-ing with the person sitting next to them? Why did everyone laugh at the same time? Did Audrey just add that to Pugs just now? Why are the slides in Latin (or Klingon)?
  9. 9. Network precautions
  10. 10. Insecure networks Use encrypted protocol for passwords (VPN...) Techies sniff just because they can Bonjour / Rendezvous may be on automatically Do you really want to share your iTunes? Network users may connect to your machine May not be part of the conference
  11. 11. Using the network Internet Relay Chat (IRC) - irc.perl.org #perl #yapc Blogs http://planet.yapcchicago.org/ SubEthaEdit http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/
  12. 12. Hallway Track The good stuff happens outside the sessions Meet new people How to Schmooze - http://www.onlamp.com/ lpt/a/5989
  13. 13. Session etiquette turn off noisy things... phones laptop sounds side conversations tune in Don’t hog the Q & A time take longer discussions to the hallway track
  14. 14. Speaker etiquette With speakers... don’t hog their time let them set up in peace take into account sleep deprivation help them remember you remember they have things to do too http://stephengoldin.com/pro_etiquette.html
  15. 15. New project cooling off period
  16. 16. Reality Distortion Field Conferences are exciting Proximity breeds hubris People from groups Groups make plans Someone puts up a wiki Someone creates a schema Everyone goes back to reality on Monday
  17. 17. No promises
  18. 18. After the conference Email the people you met (but give them a chance to recover) Blog about what you did, what you liked, who you met Tell your boss how much money the conference saved the company
  19. 19. Enjoy the conference!

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