|2012 was a busy year for the Community Team at Adobe. There were challenges carried over from the previous year, but some real successes thoughout the year. Mainly, as a community manager, I was able to get out more and attend more regional events. But perhaps, one of the best things that happened to the Community Team was the hiring of a dedicated European community manager (Christie Fidura). It was a team effort (i.e. the hiring process) between current & former Adobe Community Mgrs. (Rachel Luxemburg, Ed Sullivan, Liz Frederick, and myself). I am so pleased (perhaps, relieved) to have Christie onboard and getting us reconnected with our community partners in Europe. Europe is our 2nd largest market; and, they have not had a community manager…..perhaps ever. Thanks to Andre Jay Meissner for his support, doing all that community work in Germany, and for being a proponent of regional community managers. We still have lots of work to do in So. America and Asia-Pac, but that will have to wait for now.
There was also a transition of Community Managers in the Adobe Community Professionals Program (ACPs) with Marie Nedich now at the helm. Liz Frederick is now engaging with HTML5 and Gaming Developers as part of Adobe’s 2011 strategy shift. The ACPs and the Freelancers are sooo important to the Adobe User Group program (symbiotic in nature), because in most cases they are the only speaking assets the Adobe Community can routinely rely upon to speak at their events. Adobe Evangelist were super busy in 2012 with the release of all those new products; Edge Tools, and of course, the Creative Cloud. This why we have community programs like the ACPs and Freelancers.
Now, the Creative Suite Product team did do an excellent job with the CS6 Pre-Launch TechWed NDA Webinars. The Community often remarked that CS6 was the best prepared launch that Adobe has ever done; and, we took extra steps to get the community up to speed and educated about the Creative Cloud.Special Thank You to Tricia Lawrence (Adobe Creative Suite Team), Scott Morris (Creative Cloud) and ALL of the TechWED speakers for their efforts (12 webinar sessions, over 3000+ attendees; avg 125/session) in keeping the community informed, it very likely impacted the Creative Cloud membership adoption rates.There were over 30 CS6 & Community events in 2012 in North America, reaching over 10,000 community members.
We still have much more education to do in 2013 about Creative Cloud Team, so I suspect there will be additional Adobe Community Events in 2013. In 2013, there will likely be changes in the way we measure program participation in both the Adobe User Group and Adobe Community Professionals Program, stay tuned for that.
Looking forward to AdobeMAX the content, people, and community activities may be different than in past years and this should be a good thing. MAX will be more reflective of where Adobe is heading as a company. (More about the Adobe Community activities at AdobeMAX in a later post). I would urge all ACPs and User Group Managers to attend this year and look at the content schedule for MAX…it’s different this year!
|I have prepared a listing/links (below) of the 2012 Adobe Community events in North America from my notes, emails, conversations, etc. I also have photo slide show (flash-based) that captured some of the spirit, faces, and good times from an incredible year at Adobe.
Thank You! To All the Adobe User Group Manager & ACPs for an incredible year. It is a pleasure being your Community Mgr – Aaron Houston Adobe Community Mgr No America
| Direct Link to 2012 Events Photos
|DEC-17-2012||San Jose Creative Suite AUG Holiday Gala w/Colin Smith||Sally Cox| Spkr Colin Smith ACP||130|
|NOV-16-2012||Creative Talent Network w/LA area AUGs + WACOM Technologies||Tony Arredondo WACOM + Booth Duty: Chana Messer ACP + Cynthia Gordon, Adam Bell, George McKinney, Josua Bustos, Rick Miller||5000+|
|NOV-16-2012||Fall for Design Camp – Phoenix IDUG||UGM Tami Rodgers & ACP Stephen Burns||120+|
|NOV-15-2012||Los Angeles Web Pro’s Fall Event – New Tools for the Web||UGMs: Daniel Kramer, Anissa Thompson, & Sharon Sasche; Spkrs: Chana Messer & Lee Varis||250|
|NOV-08-2012||Orange County Video Crossroads – FCP vs. Premier demo shootout||UGM Mike McGreedy||50|
|OCT-21-2012||#LVAdobe NEON PhotoWalk Las Vegas||UGMs Kystal Hosmer, Nate Ludens; Spkrs/Organizers: Chana Messer, Stephen Burns, Lee Varis, Sally Cox + more||60+|
|OCT-18-2012||LA Mobile & Web Camp hosted by LAPhoneGapUG & DDLA||UGM Organizers: Sharon Sasche, George McKinney, Josue Bustos; Spkrs: Greg Wilson (keynote); Renaun Erickson||380+|
|OCT-09-2012||Adobe Illustrator of LA AILA -Astute Graphics Tour||UGM Chana Messer & Sebastian Bleak; Spkr: Nicholas van der Walle (Astute)||50|
|SEP-07-2012||CS6 UG Launch Event Portland/Vancouver WA||UGM Tatiana Sullivan||27|
|SEP-03-2012||Adobe Photoshop UG Mgrs Meetup/Tweetup @Photoshop World Las Vegas||Organizer: Kevin Stohlmeyer; UGMs: Stephen Burns, Nate Ludens, Krystal Hosmer, & Adobe’s Terry White||80|
|JUL-24-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Phoenix & Tuscon IDUGs||Organizer: Tami Rodgers; Spkrs: Chana Messer & Pariah Burke||100|
|JUN-16-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Long Beach, CA||UGMs: Lynnette Kent, Cynthia Gordon | Speakers Jack Davis & Chris Griffith||250|
|JUN-14-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Las Vegas & UNLV||Krystal Hosmer UGM | Spkr Kevin Stohlmeyer, Stephen Burns, Sharon Sasche & Chana Messer||79|
|JUN-10-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Los Angeles||Chana Messer UGM, Sharon Sachse; Speakers: April Clark, David Hogue, Justin Seeley, Colin Smith, Mark Anders||140|
|JUN-06-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Atlanta GA||UGM Organizer Steve Howard||140|
|JUN-06-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Sacramento||Rob Huddleston ACP UGM Speaker||50|
|JUN-05-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Cleveland IDUG OH||April Clark UGM | Spkr April Clark||135|
|JUN-05-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – San Jose CA @ San Jose Tech Museum||Sally Cox & Kelly McCathran | Spkr: Al Mooney||165|
|JUN-02-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Portland OR Ae/Pr||Chris Tegethoff UGM | Spkr: Todd Kopriva Ae||160|
|JUN-02-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – San Diego City College||Stephen Burns UGM | Spkr Zorana Gee & Sally Cox||200|
|JUN-02-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Seattle/Bellevue WA||Organizers: Diane Pobol UGM, Teresa Anderson UGM Howard Heflin UGM; Spkrs: Topher Welsh & Adobe’s Ken Rice||400|
|JUN-01-2012||CS6 Launch Party – OCDigital Arts Anaheim, CA||UGM Scot Trodick||170|
|MAY-31-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Dominican Republic Santo Domingo||UGM Luis Sosa||290|
|MAY-29-2012||CS6 AUG Launch Webinar Ae/Pr – Albuquerque, NM||UGMs Becky Padilla & Elaine Montoya | Spkr Al Mooney||275|
|MAY-29-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – San Francisco CS Lovers!||UGMs Kelly McCathran & Sally Cox | Spkr Mark Christiansen Ae||235|
|MAY-21-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Santa Rosa CA NorthBay AUG||UGM Cyndie Reese Santa Rosa Jr. College||100|
|MAY-16-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – Kansas City AUGs at D2W conference||UGMs Dee Sadler, Buck Sommerkamp | Spkers Tom Green, Jim Babbage, Pariah Burke, April Clark, Chris Griffith, David Hogue, Rob Huddleston, Kai Koenig, Joe Labrecque, Justin Seeley + many more||300|
|MAY-15-2012||CS6 UG Launch Party – DMALA East Los Angeles||Ko Maruyama UGM | Spkr Al Mooney Pr||300|
|MAY-11-2012||Adobe Design Camp Boston & CS6 Launch Event||Kirsten Rourke UGM | Spkr: ACP Kevin Stohlmeyer, Pariah Burke, & Chana Messer||200|
|APR-10-2012||AdobeTouch Event – Denver, CO||UGM Amanda Johnson | Paul Trani||50|
|APR-05-2012||“Reach Out & Touch Adobe Apps” Madison WI IDUG: Adobe ACP Kevin Stohlmeyer||UGM Speaker Kevin Stohlmeyer||30|
|MAR-20-2012||Adobe Touch App Demo Event – Creative Suite Orange County Fullerton College||Cynthia Gordon UGM | Spker Sally Cox||55|
|MAR-19-2012||Adobe Touch App Demo – San Diego Photoshop||Stephen Burms UGM & Eric Addison UGM| Spkr Sally Cox||105|
|MAR-16-2012||CS6 Design Camp: 2012 Mid Univ Missouri Adobe Camp||Myra Ferguson UGM | Spkr Paul Trani||70|
|MAR-12-2012||New Web Trends – PhoneGap & Digital Designers DDLA||UGM Sharon Sasche & George McKinney||65|
|FEB-21-2012||Digital Media Arts of LA (DMALA) event w/ ACP Chana Messer||UGM Ko Maruyama | Spkr: Chana Messer||200|
|FEB-15-2012||LA PhoneGap Adobe Evangelist Visit||UGM George McKinney||30|