I want to give an update on the TechNet Events that I will be delivering in August. In an earlier post (http://blogs.technet.com/haroldwong/archive/2007/06/01/upcoming-technet-events-in-august-for-desert-mountain.aspx), I had listed 4 cities (Albuquerque, Phoenix, Boulder and Denver) that I would be delivering TechNet Events in based on the tentative schedule I had at the time. Unfortunately, that schedule is not what has been finalized.
For the month of August, I will only be visiting Boulder (8/21) and Denver (8/23) but no Albuquerque or Phoenix. Believe me, this was not what I wanted to have happen. I could go into all the reasons as to why Phoenix and Albuquerque got cut from the list, but I will spare you from that.
Since I live in Phoenix, there would be no costs associated with me actually delivering the content for folks in Phoenix who are interested in attending. If (and I emphasize IF) I can get this put together, there are a couple of things that will be different than a "normal" TechNet Event. 1. I would not be able to provide refreshments / snacks 2. I doubt that I'll be able to hold it in a theater (that takes money) 3. I would have little to no giveaways / raffle items 4. The Event would most likely take place in the Phoenix office A. Capacity would be between 125 (somewhat comfortably) - 150 (not so comfortable) B. Parking in the garage is $1 / half hour (max of $12 / day) and I won't be able to cover that C. I can probably provide fresh brewed coffee and water, but that's it D. No pens or pads of paper
Here's my question to you. Who wants to attend an ad-hoc TechNet Event in Phoenix during the month of August? If I do this, I need at least 100 people to attend to really make this happen. Also, if I do this in the morning for TechNet, would it make sense to also hold an ad-hoc MSDN event in the afternoon? I would have to talk to Rob Bagby about that before I can commit to pursuing that avenue.
Let's also take this line of thinking one step further. If it comes down to having an event with only coffee and water or not having an event at all, which would you choose? Is it really that important to have muffins and bagels or popcorn and soda? Or for that matter, a bunch of free raffle items?
Either way, let me know either via email or via comments to this post. If you decide to email me, please, please, PLEASE use the following subject: "Phoenix TN Event in August 2007". I look to hear from you.
Depending on the date and topic of the TechNet event I'd be interested in attending regardless of the refreshment/raffle situation.
Sounds great. i'd go, and depending on the topic a co-worker or two might go as well.
PHOENIX TECHNET EVENT IN AUGUST
If I can get lunch, drinks, and freebies IN ADDITION to substance, this is good. If only substance remains, perhaps this is even better. Microsoft is 20 minutes by bus and about 3 miles walking distance from my home. The typical theater event is almost 2 hours away by bus. Since I do not have a vehicle, I will not need to pay the $1.00 fee for parking. There have been about 300 people at every Microsoft event I have attended in theaters, so I seldom got any freebies anyway with all those people there. Coffee and water notwithstanding, being essentially good but substantially irrelevant, attending the event at Microsoft is actually much better for me, takes much less travel time, and I can even do banking during breaks. I would definitely attend an afternoon MSDN event, if that could be worked out. Nilda
This works for me.
Well, as you live in Phoenix, why don't holding a "repeat" in that "suburban area" of Phoenix called Tucson?
Concerning the amenities, we are just getting used to the lack of them, but both MS and "your grocer" Albertsons don't seem to be aware of the drastic unintended consequences. Both MS and A seem to be following parallel paths. A decade ago MS treated su with real dinners and piles of CDs & etc during each event. Albertsons treated us with coffe and cookies on a 24/7/365 basis. Then MS's dinners were repolaced by snacks while A's 24/7/365 was replaced by 8/7/365. Then, continuing to slide on the same slippery slope MS only gave us coffee and donuts while A only offered coffe. And by now both MS and A dropped even the coffree... The unwanted consequences which will eventually be reflected in the revenue and prestige of both MS and A is that full-night-programmers and persons affected by attention deficit and/or hypersomnolence will fully abstain from sitting in MS events and pushing A shopping carts. We'll brew our own pots of coffee and look online for more friendly environments, both for technology and nutrition. As evolution by natural selection or as the "chaotic" butterfly effect, a seemingly minor thing as the lack of a drop of coffee can cause major changes in the centuries to come. (Eg, Tukey claimed to see the signal of the 1930s depression still in the late 1990s economic time series).
I wonder whether one could get a zero or low cost open air venue in one of gthe City/County parks or in the Tucson Botanical Garden. as done by some Tai Chi groups.