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NCDEVCON 2011


Adobe sponsored the North Carolina Developer Conference (NCDEVCON) in Raleigh, NC last weekend (Sept 17-18th, 2011). There were over 250 paid attendees — the event sold out.  I was approached (8) weeks ago to help wrangle speakers, content, promotion, logistics on behalf of Adobe.   Hats off to Dan Wilson (@danwilson), Jim Priest (@thecrumb), and the Triangle Area ColdFusion User Group (TACFUG) volunteer members who worked so hard to make this a successful event.

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Early on, there was some anxiety by the NCDEVCON team about having a paid event, but that “Angst” was quickly overcome when the social media campaign started.  The registrations started back in July with a handful of paid registrants; and, NCDEVCON team ended up with over 260 paid registrants on Eventbrite.  So, it’s important to thank a few folks!

Special thanks to: @BenNadel, @DanWilson, @cfjedimaster, @tpryan, @codebase, @deesadler@ColdFusion, + ALL the NCDEVCON speakers and sponsors for helping & getting the word out.  (did my best to get the word out as well via @thisishouston1)

NCDEVCON attendees!

Paid Event vs Free

Sure, there was some grumbling about the $60 conference fee.  But, that nominal fee really helped with the event’s success.  “Who doesn’t have $60?”, said Dan Wilson (NCDEVCON/TACFUG) in our weekly conference calls.  Now, there was some accommodations made for the students, but the $60 bucks did ensure an amazingly LOW attendee drop-rate at 5%.  We like to see that as sponsors! SO…

Lesson Learned for Event Organizers: 

When the attendees have a stake in the conference, they are more likely to come to the conference! And your sponsors will be happy to see them turn-out!

AND — 250 NCDEVCOM’ers did turn-out!  They came out to partake in a GREAT Regional Developer Conference! They got:  

  • Some great presentations from new and seasoned presenters
  • Hands-On Labs delivered by top-notch Adobe employees
  • A chance to WIN some valuable software
  • Photo-ops with developer celebrities (I saw the “paparazzi” following Ben Nadel, Ray Camden + others)
  • Connect with each other at an evening network event
  • Have some FUN!  (i.e. checkout presenter & TACFUG member, Bucky Schwarz, get TP’d in his session — video here @33min mark )
….As Ben Nadel would say, “NCDEVCON is Bananas!”


The Venue:

Thanks to Shawn Dunning and NC State University College of Textiles for an awesome building with unbelievable WIFI and AudioVisual equipment!  For conference organizers, if you can hook-up with a local college or university like NC State, then this is a great way to go!  The extra classrooms were very handy in providing extra learning opportunities for Hands-On Labs participants—with no additional overhead.

Adobe Keynote:

Adobe brought its best available speakers to NCDEVCON.  The event also provided the first opportunity for Adobe’s ColdFusion Product team to introduce its new Product Manager — Rakshith Naresh.  Adobe Evangelist, Terry Ryan, did the keynote introduction + provided an overview of where Adobe was headed in the web and mobile space.  This overview and vision was much appreciated!   So, there were a lot of sessions and most of them can be viewed online via NC State College of Textiles Video Services (again outstanding facility!)go.ncsu.edu/ncdevcon2011

There were some links to presentations, demo scripts, or .pdfs which are available on presenter’s blog OR at the Adobe Groups Online presentation repository.

Adobe Sessions & Speakers:

Adobe Table in the Sponsor's Lounge

Adobe community team and ColdFusion Product team engineers staffed a table at NCDEVCON. There was a new T-shirt to giveaway, dubbed the “CF is Da Bomb”. This was a new T-shirt designed by Adam Lehman’s wife (Rachel). There were 15% off coupons available to attendees looking to upgrade/purchase Adobe software. Attendees also got check out some of the news tablets loaded with mobile apps that were created Flash Builder 4.5.

 Evening Social + Free Software Raffle:

Adobe gave out lots of software and promotional items at NCDEVCON, but attendees had to be present for the drawings at the evening social event and the event wrap-up session.  Prizes were drawn by the NCDEVCON organizers.

Congrats to the Winners:

FlashBuilder 4.5 Premium (includes ColdFusion Builder 2)

  • Phillip Molaro
  • William Lee Cherry
  • Michael Schore
  • Jonathan Morgan
  • Jose Galdamez
  • Andrew Duvall
  • Birgit Pauli-Haack
  • Sam Singer Jr
  • Christian Abad
  • Nancy Schipon

CF 9 Standard:

  • Nolan Erck
  • Kip Robinson

Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection

  • Andrew Abbott
  • James Locus

 

Adobe Community Team Gifting

I personally donated a boxed copy of Flash Builder 4.5 to www.5bucksischange.com.
5 Bucks is change” is an initiative that supports several “micro-charities” through public donations of $5 increments.  Janet Kennedy volunteers for this organization and is based in Raleigh, NC.   As their marketing and social media person, Janet raffled-off the Flash Builder 4.5 software to the NCDEVCON attendees raising over $400.  The NCDEVCON staff  matched that amount for a total gift of $800 that will then be given to various micro-charities.

More Photos:

Mike Brunt aka @CFWhisperer stopped by the Adobe table to pick up his shirt

Adobe SE, Josh Adams at ColdFusion HOL 9-17-11

Oğuz Demirkapı at the evening social

Adobe Evangelist Terry Ryan helping Mobile App HOL attendee 9-18-11

NCDEVCON Attendees

Adobe Evangelists: Ray Camden and Terry Ryan checking into NCDEVCON

Wrap Up:

NCDEVCON certainly provided a great opportunity for developers to get up-to-date with the latest web and mobile tools — And Adobe Was There!  But, NCDEVCON was also good for Adobe! While Adobe is expected to be out amongst its developer community, the event also was the first chance for Adobe’s ColdFusion team and evangelists to meetup, since the program transition to India.  Supporting regional conferences is good for the community eco-system; good for business; and, good PR.  We hope to be at NCDEVCON next year.  

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Creative Suite 5.5 Joint Launch Event with LA Adobe User Groups — June 03, 2011

Creative Suite 5.5 Joint Launch Event with LA Adobe User Groups — June 03, 2011

Challenge Met! – Exceeded! 

I attended a very special Adobe User Group (AUG) CS5.5 launch event held at the offices of AlmerBlank located at 525 Venezia Ave in Venice, CA. For past couple of months, I have been issuing a “challenge” to the LA AUG Managers to see if they could work together to pull off a large joint meeting. In support, I would get Paul Trani to come and present. Well, LA AUG Managers rose to the challenge and pulled off a fantastic event! I was impressed by the turn-out (over 100+ Adobians), the organization at the check-in desk, the organization/marketing of the event, the venue (AlmerBlank is a warehouse/office with a decent amount of space), the magnitude of the prizes given away (dozens of shirts, books, software training certificates, and software…all together worth over $3000+), and the food! (I did not know that Chana Messer also ran a catering business on the side). All in all, a job well done!

Event Recap:

Time Lapse Image of Adobe User Group Meetup 03June2011

Time Lapse Image of Adobe User Group Meetup 03June2011

After an introduction by host Harald Koebler (LAFlash), I covered a few short things about Adobe’s Community Programs and how we work together with Adobe Evangelist speakers, like Paul Trani. Then, I introduced Paul who had just flown in from Australia from a Creative Suite world-tour event. A bit jet lagged, but with Paul, one wouldn’t have noticed! He gave a very energetic talk. I can definitely see that Paul has been working on his delivery, content, and “speaking chops” by hanging out with some of the Creative Suite (Uber) Evangelists (Terry White, Jason Levin, Colin Fleming, & Greg Rewis). With the limited time we had, Paul concentrated on these updates in Creative Suite 5.5: InDesign (Digital Publishing & Apps); Dreamweaver (Mobile Web Content, HTML5 features, & Apps); Flash Professional & Flash Builder 4.5 (Apps for Multi-Platforms); and, Photoshop SDK & Companion Apps (Adobe Nav, Adobe Touch, Color Lava, and Eazel). Best Demo: I liked Paul’s multi-sceen, multi-device app where Paul showed-off his animated Kayaker app travel from a Android Tablet, to an iPad, to a cell phone, and then onto a RIM Playbook!

Paul Trani's Slide Deck

Digital Publishing
Mobile Web Content & HTML5
Apps for Multi-Platforms
Photoshop SDK & Companion Apps

People — Thanks:

Adam Bell @datatv | Christian Gaspar | Omar Gonzales @s9tpepper | Cynthia Gordon | Virginia Houts | Andrew Kavanagh @Drew_kav | Harald Koebler @hkoebler | Andrew Kutcher | Chana Messer @chanam | Ko Maruyama @komaruyama | Anil Natha | Sharon Sachse @Pcartiste | Daniel Sofer @hermosawave | Lee Varis @LeeVaris | Michele Weisbert | Terence Carroll @terencecarroll (who was in LA for contract work; UGM for VegasFlash) | AND to any other folks I may have met at this event…Thank You!|

Prizes:

Adobe sponsored food, drink, and software raffle prizes for this event.

 

After Party:

Chana Messer took Paul Trani and I to her “hood” and to her favorite Mexican Restaurant: Lula’s Cocina. Lula’s was quite charming and the Chicken Mole was authentic! Michele Weisbert, Sharon Sasche, Ko Murayama, and Terence Carroll also met up with us. We talked shop; Adobe Stuff; AdobeMAX; User Groups; and about the Adobe Production Premium event held in LA the night before.

Adobe will be BACK!With this successful event, I imagine we’ll have more Evangelists and Community folks back in LA in the near future.

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