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From The Open Source Convention 2009, Jim Brandt guides conference newbies to get the most of out their conference experience.

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Conferences for Beginners presentation

  1. 1. Conferences for Beginners Jim Brandt, <cbrandtbuffalo@gmail.com> brian d foy, <brian.d.foy@gmail.com> version 3.0, OSCON 2009 1Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  2. 2. Conferences OSCON for Beginners Jim Brandt, <cbrandtbuffalo@gmail.com> brian d foy, <brian.d.foy@gmail.com> version 3.0, OSCON 2009 2Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  3. 3. About Me • Lead Developer at Synacor, Inc. • President, Perl Foundation • OrganizedYAPC 2004 • Attending OSCON since 2002 3Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  4. 4. First Impressions • My experience was with conferences like Gartner • Professional • Formal • Around 2000, many people still in suits 4Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  5. 5. First Impressions • Then I came to OSCON. • San Diego, 2002. • Perl Testing Tutorial • http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/ os2002/view/e_sess/2530. 5Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  6. 6. First Impressions • First testing tutorial • Uses the restroom... • ...with his mic on • Author of a ton of Perl modules • Including the Testing modules in the talk Photo by Ricardo Signes, 2004 6Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  7. 7. First Impressions • Michael Schwern • How To Lie Like A Geek • 2:35pm Thursday, 07/23/2009 Photo by Ricardo Signes, 2004 7Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  8. 8. First Impressions • Wednesday comes • Official opening of the conference • Full room full of people 8Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  9. 9. First Impressions • This guy walks on stage • He’s the co-chair of the conference Photo by James Duncan Davidson 9Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  10. 10. First Impressions • Nat Torkington • OSCON Chair forYears • "Perl Cookbook" author • O'Reilly Radar blogger Photo by James Duncan Davidson 10Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  11. 11. First Impressions • Not what you might expect. • Appearances can be deceiving. • “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” - Obi-Wan Kenobi 11Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  12. 12. Conference Experience • Get the most out of your time here • The days go by fast • Sleep when you get home 12Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  13. 13. Get what you need 13Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  14. 14. The Thirds • One part each of stuff... • you need to learn • you think is interesting • that’s new to you 14Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  15. 15. The hand that feeds you 15Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  16. 16. WhyYou're Here • Justify the conference cost • Five things your company can use today 16Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  17. 17. WhyYou're Here • Talk to an open source programmer • fix a bug • explain a feature • describe how you use their code 17Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  18. 18. WhyYou're Here • Meet someone who can... • help you now • help you later • Make business or sales contacts 18Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  19. 19. More First Impressions 19Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  20. 20. More First Impressions • Is everyone using a Powerbook (MacBook)? • Does everyone have an iPhone? 20Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  21. 21. More First Impressions • Is anyone actually listening to the talks? • Are people really IRC-ing with the person sitting right next to them? • Did someone just tweet about the session I'm sitting in? • Why did everyone laugh at the same time? • Did that presenter just commit code live? 21Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  22. 22. Network Precautions 22Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  23. 23. Network Precautions • Wireless networks are insecure • Use encrypted protocol for passwords (VPN, https...) • Techies sniff just because they can 23Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  24. 24. Network Precautions • 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 24Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  25. 25. Using the network • Internet Relay Chat (IRC) • irc.freenode.net • #oscon • Blogs • OSCON News and Coverage Page • http://blogsearch.google.com/ 25Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  26. 26. Your Schedule • OSCON site lets you select talks • View your schedule • Share your schedule 26Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  27. 27. Hallway Track • The good stuff happens outside the sessions • Meet new people • How to Schmooze - http://onlamp.com/lpt/a/5989 27Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  28. 28. Session etiquette • Turn off noisy things... • phones • laptop sounds • side conversations • Tune in 28Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  29. 29. Session etiquette • Don’t hog the Q & A time • take longer discussions to the hallway track • great chance to meet the speaker 29Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  30. 30. Evaluations • Rate the sessions at the OSCON site • Offer comments • Rate the overall conference • Your feedback matters 30Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  31. 31. Speaker etiquette • With speakers... • don’t hog their time • let them set up in peace • take into account sleep deprivation • remember they have things to do too • http://stephengoldin.com/pro_etiquette.html 31Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  32. 32. New project cooling off period 32Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  33. 33. Reality Distortion Field • Conferences are exciting • Proximity breeds hubris • People form groups • Groups make plans • Someone puts up a wiki • Someone creates a schema 33Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  34. 34. Reality Distortion Field • Everyone goes back to reality on Monday 34Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  35. 35. No promises 35Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  36. 36. 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 36Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  37. 37. Be The Conference • You do cool things with open source • Submit a lighting talk this year: justanotherperlhacker.org • Submit a full talk next year 37Wednesday, July 22, 2009
  38. 38. Enjoy the conference! 38Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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