Conferences
                        for
                     Beginners
                  brian d foy, <brian.d.foy@gmail.c...
Welcome!
Benvenuti Bienvenue Willkommen Bem-vindo
Merhaba Velkommen Fáilte Welkom Bonvenon
       HELO Tervetuloa Aloha-mai
Get what
   you
  need
The Thirds
One part of stuff...
 you need to learn
 you think is interesting
 that’s new to you
Get something
   for the
  hand that
  feeds you
Justify the conference cost
Five things your company can use
Talk to a module author
  fix a bug
  explain a feature
Meet s...
First
Impressions
Is everyone using a Powerbook (MacBook)?

Is anyone actually listening to the talks?

Are people really IRC-ing with the p...
Network
precautions
Insecure networks
Use encrypted protocol for passwords (VPN...)

Techies sniff just because they can

Bonjour / Rendezvous...
Using the network

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) - irc.perl.org
  #perl
  #yapc
Blogs
  http://planet.yapcchicago.org/
SubEtha...
Hallway Track


The good stuff happens outside the sessions

Meet new people

How to Schmooze - http://www.onlamp.com/
lpt...
Session etiquette
turn off noisy things...
  phones
  laptop sounds
  side conversations
tune in
Don’t hog the Q & A time
...
Speaker etiquette

With speakers...
  don’t hog their time
  let them set up in peace
  take into account sleep deprivatio...
New project
 cooling off
   period
Reality Distortion Field
 Conferences are exciting

 Proximity breeds hubris

 People from groups

 Groups make plans

 So...
No
promises
After the conference

Email the people you met (but give them a
chance to recover)

Blog about what you did, what you like...
Enjoy the
conference!
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  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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