[THIN] Re: An Independent iForum-like Conference?

Brian,

I think this a great idea including all the speakers/vendors/etc. that you
mentioned. But one idea I would like to throw out is some type of user forum
for technical exchange. Something like this list, but in person and allowing
for greater depth than many want to provide for the list. I know we have
opportunities to network and discuss "things" with others and with experts
but there is typically a time sensitivity that is in force that affects any
real serious discussion. Also, there are many Citrix users that you don't
even get the opportunity to meet unless you find yourself in a situation
like the Shula's dinner or just happen to overhear someone discussing
something of interest with a Citrix Lab associate. Don't misunderstand, the
sessions that were done by Citrix employees or co-hosted by Citrix and an
user with a story to tell were "mostly" useful, but often they were not deep
enough or detailed enough or technical enough (Doug Brown's session
notwithstanding <g>!). I'm not sure what would work best but some kind of
formalized forum for users to gather together and really get into the
nitty-gritty about their environments to include perhaps specific details
and tips/tricks/hints would seem to me to be beneficial.

I too will make every attempt to attend a conference such as you are
suggesting, though I would selfishly prefer it be held somewhere on the West
Coast (closer to me <g>!). However, I have no problem traveling to
Washington D.C. as it is one of the few places I have yet to actually visit
and explore. There are many sites worth seeing and I would relish the
opportunity to play the tourist there. Of course, after the break-outs <g>!
I do hope you can pull this off and bring it together as I believe there
will be a lot of value to us in it.

Thanks!

Rob
24 Hour Fitness, Inc.


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Madden [mailto:brian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 9:24 AM
To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [THIN] An Independent iForum-like Conference?

Hi All,
 

At the THIN list dinner at Shula's at iForum last year, a bunch of us guys
and gals sat around and talked about all sorts of things.

 
 
One thing we discussed was that we felt that iForum was turning into an
"industry event" as opposed to a good old fashioned tech conference. We
discussed creating our own vendor-neutral server-based computing technical
conference.

 

I've been busily working on this idea for several months now. I've talked to
a lot of you offline about it, and to vendors, hotels, and management
companies. I live in Washington DC, and we've even brought this idea to the
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Fairfax county is the home of
"Silicon Alley" which is the DC-area home to many huge tech companies. (They
love the idea, BTW.)

 

So, here's what I'm thinking. I have a meeting with the FCEDA on Friday, and
I'd like to get your opinions on stuff:

 

Independent Server-Based Computing Tech Conference, Washington DC, April
2005

 

This is our event. We can talk about whatever we want. I talked to the TS
product group at Microsoft, and they seemed interested. I think we could get
some of the TS developers at this event. Also, we could talk about
MetaFrame, New Moon, Jetro, HOB, DAT, etc, etc.. plus all the third-party
tools. We could invite all the people from this LIST to speak, and we can
get together online to vote on the agenda, polls, etc.

 

My idea is for this to be a technical event. I'd also like to make it much
cheaper than iForum, maybe around $500 or so.

 

So, thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

 

Remember that I don't have a job, so I can basically spend all day working
on putting this thing together.

 

Brian

 

Brian Madden

brian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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