ILUG 2008 Conference Evaluation

Hopefully, if you attended ILUG this year you will have received an email about the Conference Evaluation. We've already had a great response with people taking the time to fill it in, but if you haven't please make sure that you do as the speakers and sponsors really appreciate any feedback that you have to give. Part of the remit for ILUG is that speakers can try new things without too much risk as everyone is just there to learn and network, so if you think a session worked really well, or indeed could do with some improvement, let us know.

I should also give a shout out to the metaSurvey project on OpenNTF which we used to build the conference evaluation. Yet again OpenNTF has saved me time and effort (too late for the hair unfortunately). Originally I thought that I'd need to write a whole new application, but with this cool app which metaLogic have open sourced, I could just fill in the questions and publish it. Very, very easy.

Back in the land of the online

I finally got home from ILUG at midnight last night. Warren, Bill and I drove back from Dublin with a stop over in Belfast on Sunday night at Pauls with the AV kit to return. By the Saturday evening I think we had all pretty much hit the wall so we just had a couple of quiet drinks along the way, no major excitement.

Now looking back to ILUG week itself, it was pretty manic the whole time. We had a huge amount of help from all sorts of people but Kerr Rainey deserves special mention, and also Mark Myers who helped out with room monitoring for a couple of days.

While we were driving back from Belfast to Edinburgh yesterday Bill asked what was my favourite bit of the week, I really struggled to come up with just one thing so I thought I'd put together a list and see what anyone else wants to add...

- The amazing people who turned up on Tuesday to help with bag stuffing and anything else that needed doing, it was really hard work, but at least the Malteser cake which Leah brought made up for it
- The conference venue staff, especially the AV guys who were still there on Tuesday night at midnight when I left and were back in before eight o'clock the next morning to continue helping us.
- Kerr Rainey deserves a special mention for helping Warren and me out with all the roadie type work, including all sorts of odd things like running extra long VGA cabling through ceilings which really went above and beyond the call of duty.
- ILUG marked the first time I had done any public speaking for a long, long time and, bizarrely, I actually enjoyed it. Especially the Speed Geeking, it really is quite challenging to get your content into the 5 minutes and then repeat it 12 times in an hour. (by the way, several people asked for the little database that I demo'd, so I'll make sure that it makes it into the download area which I need to write this week which will be available once you have filled in the conference evaluation form. Paul will announce the site once it has been written and tested :-) )
- Unfortunately I didn't get to spend much time in the sponsors area but whenever I was down there it seemed busy, Speed Sponsoring was a great success by all accounts (that's sponsors and delegates) and I was really pleasantly surprised at how well attended the sponsor sessions were. Looks like people got a lot of value from them.
- Finally, it's really worth singling out Paul, Eileen and Warren for special thanks. I'm not sure if people know quite how much effort goes into the organisation of such a big event in their spare time, well pick a number and double it. All of the green tee shirt brigade helped out but those three in particular really put in an enourmous amount of effort.

Now I really need to get up to speed with the real world, there's been lots of good news about the iPhone yesterday which I am just catching up on, oh and I suppose I really should do some work at some point, we have a beta of LinkJam to get out after all.

ILUG Sessions List

OK, all it seems that I am doing on the blog at the moment is pimping ILUG. In the background work is completely manic with IdeaJam plus my other jobs taking pretty much every waking moment, hence the lack of posting here. In theory things will quieten down a the end of this month but I've thought that before. Besides, I am absolutely loving all of the work I'm doing at the moment, some really cool stuff, interesting projects, life is good.

Anyway, back to the primary purpose of my blog at the moment. Paul has published a rough draft of the ILUG Sessions List, I think you'll agree it looks pretty damned good. So if you haven't already registered, I would take this opportunity to get on the list, as spaces are going to become limited very soon.