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Over the last few weeks I have received many emails from individuals across the country asking about TechDays 2011 so I figured I would give you all an update.
Over the last few months the team and I have been discussing how we can make TechDays 2011 even better than in previous years. We took your feedback over the last three years as the basis of our discussion on making an improved TechDays 2011 – an even better experience and even more value!
Here is what you told us you want to see and get from TechDays:
My goal for TechDays 2011, is to provide you with a richer in-person experience as well as a robust year-round online technical learning capability. At the same time I also want to be able to deliver all of the things you have asked for at the reasonable cost that TechDays has always been known for. In order to make all this happen, the team and I had to have some tough conversations and make some difficult decisions/trade-offs. In the end, after much deliberation and debate, I realized we needed to reduce the number of in-person events, and increase the online investment in order to deliver on the things you are asking us for.
So what does this mean?
Starting in October 2011, TechDays will transform into an enhanced continuous online learning portal and, for 2011, include three in-person events starting on October 25th in Toronto with Vancouver to follow two weeks later and Montreal two weeks after that (exact dates and locations will be announced on the TechDays website in a few weeks). In order to make it easier for individuals outside of those locations to attend the in-person events, we are working with airline and hotel partners to provide discounted travel and hotel options, which will be announced on the TechDays website in the next few weeks.
By making this tough decision to reduce the number of cities TechDays will visit, and focus on an ongoing online experience, I believe that we can deliver on those elements that are, according to your feedback, most important to you, and really enhance your overall experience. I am really excited to share what this actually will look like with you.
Now, I understand that those of you living in cities that TechDays has visited in the past may have some concerns with the reduction in the number TechDays in–person events, but I want to assure you that while TechDays 2011 may not be coming to your city, we are committed to supporting you in your locale in 2011 and the future. Some of the ways we will be doing this include:
In the next couple of weeks we will be launching the TechDays 2011 web site and announce pricing and many more details. In the meantime, please feel free to send me an email at email@example.com or leave a comment on the blog if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to the conversation.
Damir Bersinic, TechDays Canada Program and Skills Manager
I'm slightly disappointed by the change in the number of cities, but I understand and still want to be involved. I'm really curious as to whether it will continue to be a 2 day event.
I come to event from Windsor so travel nothing new here but Im glad T.O is still one of the 3. Need some content on SBS 2011. Just guessing at stuff right now on a live server
@Rick - we are planning to have content on SBS2011 at TechDays 2011. We should be publishing more info on the content areas in the next couple of weeks.
Hi, Tech Days Ottawa has been really well received in the past years. I am disappointed to see that Ottawa is not listed as a location this year?? This must be an ommission...
@Mark Thanks for your comment.
One of those changes in 2011 is that we will have TechDays in-person in events in 3 cities – Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal. We will be providing options for individuals from areas we are not visiting to attend one of the other events through travel discounts. Also, all of the content will also be made available online after the events are completed. We are also working with Partner organizations in the various locations such as the Ottawa area to support local events that will contain some of the same content that you would be seeing at TechDays – more details on this in the next few weeks.
Thanks again for your email and interest in TechDays. Please let me know if you have any more questions.
Any ideas when we can expect to get details on call for speakers Damir? Thanks for keeping the community in the loop by the way, you do an amazing job at keeping us informed.
Partner events tend to be a sales pitch for the partner products, NOT a good learning experiance.
How about committing to a a rotating group of cities instead of just the "big 3"?
@tsillanman - we will be delivering TechDays content at the Partner events we are sponsoring through TechDays. The some of the same sessions and same speakers will be at EPIC TechNology Day and Prairie DevCon in Winnipeg, as well as DevTeach/SQLTeach/ITProTeach in Ottawa. We know you want technical content.
The call for sessions and speakers will go out in mid-August. Stay tuned!
There was discussion last year regarding the continuation of Technet subscriptions for Techdays attendees. Has anything been confirmed for this year?
As I blogged about just under a year ago, TechDays 2010 would be the last time that a TechNet subscription would be provided to all attendees of the event. This year, we will have a number of TechNet subscriptions that we will be giving out as prizes at the event but not all attendees will automatically receive a subscription for attending TechDays 2011. We will also be offering a limited number of TechNet subscriptions to those that register early, but the specifics on this are still being worked out.