I have a lot of things in the queue I have beenwanting to post about and I am still trying to get caught up. Onetopic I have been wanting to write about is the Colorado SoftwareSummit (CSS). This conference, aimed at programmers and other folkswith a highly technical interest in Internet software (Java, XML,Linux, SOA, Web Services, Web 2.0 etc.), is taking place the week ofOctober 21st this year. If you enjoy speaking to this typeof audience, I will point out that the call for papers has alreadybeen issued and the submission deadline is almost here. Speaking atthis event is both rewarding and hard work and at times even a littleintimidating given the level of knowledge one finds in a typical CSSaudience. I say hard work as each speaker is expected to do twopresentations (each of 90 minutes duration) and to repeat each 3times (so 6 in all). This is great for the attendees who can usuallymanage to hear just about all of the sessions that they want to giventhe repeat performances! I wish more conferences would setup theiragendas in this way. If you are thinking of speaking, don't let thefact that you get to work quite hard put you off. I find my talks getbetter each time (practice makes perfect) and I find that in everysession I learn from the audience (and hopefully they learn somethingfrom me).
Repeatedly, this has been one of my favoriteevents to attend. I think I have only missed the conference twice andevery time, except one, I have spoken and the one time I did not doformal sessions I did run a BOF. Over the years I have made a lot offriends and met a lot of very smart people during the week of theevent. If you have followed my blog for a while you may have seen afew of the photos I have posted of the beautiful mountain village ofKeystone, where the event takes place. That is another side benefitof attending!
The conference also does a good job of keepingup with industry trends. You can see this in evidence simply by looking atthe topics that I have covered in my talks over the years whichinclude OS/2, user interface design and coding, 2D graphics programming, XML for programmers,SVG, Java UI and graphics, Web Services, SOA, web security and open standards.
Now all I have to do is decide if I have theenergy to step up and offer myself up as a speaker again this year ormaybe just go as an attendee and let others do the hard work for achange :-)