If you haven't heard about it yet, let me briefly introduce you to the upcoming SoCal .NET Technical Summit II, the successor to last year’s highly successful single day .NET developer conference put on by the local .NET user groups down here in Southern California.


I didn’t get a chance to go through all of the conference evaluation forms from last year but the attendee response was overwhelmingly positive from the random sampling that I looked through. I think it is safe to say that the central theme behind the planning for this second edition of the Summit has been to go even bigger and better in outdoing the previous year.


If you attended last year, you likely remember how much we filled the facilities of the hotel. It was awesome to see so many attendees but this success did lead to somewhat cramped circumstances at times in the presentation rooms, in the lobby, in the hallway, out the main doors… As a result, this year, the conference is moving to the much more spacious and accomodating facilities of the Hilton Irvine, across from the John Wayne-Orange County airport in Santa Ana. This location is a little more centrally situated in Southern California too.


Of course, the absolute most critical elements of any conference are the speakers and the topics they will be presenting. Once again, my primary role in helping to put this show together has been to assemble the (ahem, absolutely) stellar roster of speakers and co-ordinate the agenda of sessions that will be presented at the conference. So whom have I lined up on your behalf? How about Rocky Lhotka, Bill Vaughn, Markus Egger, Kevin McNeish, Scott Stanfield, Mickey Williams, Mark Miller, Scott Mitchell, Russ Nemhauser and more.


First, let me say how terribly painful it is for me to have to list their names so plainly in a roll call like that when I have so much that I want to tell you about each of them. Collectively, they are the authors of bestselling books, numerous magazine articles and countless code samples, tutorials, Webcasts and other crucial developer resources. They are the colleagues that I have presented alongside at developer conferences in Las Vegas, Orlando, Montreal, Nice (France) and Holland, just in the past year.


I’ll definitely have to dedicate a few blog entries next week to call out some of them individually, detail what sessions they will be presenting and review some of their qualifications and accomplishments that led to their selection. In the meantime, you can have a look at brief write-ups of their biographies and session topics on the conference Web site.


So how much would you pay to attend a conference on Saturday, September 23rd, featuring such an internationally renowned crew of expert authorities? Before you answer, let me remind you that some of these presenters are the exact same industry luminaries that I have previously hand-picked to speak at conferences where just the price of admission alone was well over a thousand dollars! Now, how much would you pay?


Well, hang onto your hat because if you act now and register on or before Monday, Septermber 4th (Labor Day), you won’t even have to pay the regular price of $99. Yup, that’s right, the discounted early-bird registration price for the SoCal .NET Technical Summit II is just $79…


At this price, you will not find a better value for a conference like this with the opportunity to learn from such a high caliber of professional speakers. So what are you waiting for? Register today!



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