July 26, 2011
A lot of people have asked me how I like unemployment. I'm apparently not a very good hobo, because after too short of a period off, I got another gig.
Now, I hope you're sitting down (and given that you're reading my blog, you probably are, though you shouldn't be), but I've got a job, and I'm not even employed as a system administrator! How bizarre is that?
I've done a Tech Field Day before, in 2010, on the Boston trip, aka Tech Field Day 2, and I asked to come to the current one, TFD7, mostly because Bob Plankers of Lone Sysadmin fame was going to be there, and I've wanted to meet Bob for a long time. Little did I know that I was going to be there helping to organize it!
For anyone who isn't aware, Tech Field Day is an event that brings together around 12 tech bloggers and "independent thought leaders" from around the world to one city. Once there, they're herded from one company to another where they hear and take part in presentations of enterprise IT solutions. The companies find it valuable to have people at the top of their game getting a very personal experience with their offerings, and it's great for the bloggers because in almost every case, we get to meet the engineers who actually created the products, so we get real answers.
Just because the vendors are paying to appear at TFD doesn't mean that it's a "love fest". Anything but, really; I've seen everything from adoration because a solution REALLY WAS amazing to near mutiny because of a combination of bad presenter plus bad slides.
Tech Field Day delegates don't get paid for taking part in the event. We sometimes get things given to us by the sponsors, and when that happens, we disclose it on our blogs. We don't sign NDAs, but we will respect embargo dates.
So who does Tech Field Day consist of? Bloggers, mostly, but they're pretty much all experts in their fields and at the top of their games. Here's the rundown:
|Bob Plankers||The Lone Sysadmin||@Plankers|
|Brandon Riley||virtual insanity||@BrandonJRiley|
|Derek Schauland||Technically Speaking||@WebJunkie|
|Matt Vogt||Virtualization, Storage, Community||@MattVogt|
And me, too.
There are some great companies presenting as well:
|Thursday, August 11|
|Friday, August 12|
Since we're in Austin, we're spending a decent amount of time with Dell, but we're going to be seeing a lot of different aspects of the business. They have a huge presence in Austin, where they employ over 17,000 people across three campuses and more than a dozen buildings. It should be really interesting!
So that's how I've been keeping myself busy - planning for the next Tech Field Day!
We delegates don't do it just for ourselves...sure, I mean, it's fun to go spend a few days in a new city meeting people we've only talked to over the internet, but we do it because it helps us share information with you, our readers. Stephen Foskett, the organizer of Tech Field Day, knows that, and he's worked hard to set up a system where anyone who wants to can take part.
During Tech Field Day (August 11-12), the home page will include embedded live video of what's currently happening, and twitter will be abuzz with discussion, too. Just use the #techfieldday hashtag to join the discussion. It's always fun watching it with Twitterfall.
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, because this is going to probably be my last Tech Field Day as a delegate, and I'm representing you, my readers. Let your voice be heard!