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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Very disappointed that it isn't coming to the Maritimes this year - I was quite looking forward to it.
Will there be a technet subscription provided this year?
@Ron - As I blogged about just before TechDays 2010, we will not be including a TechNet subscription for 2011, or in future years. However, we will have a number of subscriptions that will be given out as prizes during the event so you still have a chance to walk away with a TechNet subscription when you sign up for and attend TechDays 2011.
Too bad there is no event in Ottawa. It will be interesting to see if you can get an stats on how many attendees will be travelling outside of those 3 lucky cities to attend this event. My guess will be very few but I could be wrong.
@John 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. We anticipate that we should get several hundred people to travel out to the Toronto event, as well as the other cities. We know from previous years that we do have quite a number of individuals who do not live in the cities where TechDays take place come out to the event.
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 comment and interest in TechDays. Please let me know if you have any more questions.