Yesterday was our first ever Silverlight DevCamp here in Dallas. Our goal was to get as many people as possible to "experience" Silverlight first-hand by getting them write code instead of only listening to lecture. The format, more like "hack day" than "Code Camp" was a little bit of an experiment - first, the perception is that not many people have been trying to write Silverlight applications, and second, we've never done a semi-structured event before, so we were concerned that people would be interested. As it turned out, my fears were misplaced. Sure, we had our bumps and bruises along the way, and there were things that definitely could have gone better, but the event went off pretty well all things considered. The people that came to our event were awesome - very positive, and upbeat, and ready for the challenge. They all seemed very glad that they came, and are excited about attending the next one.
I'd like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the following folks that made this event possible - without your help, this event never would have happened...
One thing I can definitely attest to is that you can never have too many good people around to help with events like this - Thanks a lot guys!
Also, I'd like to thank everyone that came out, on a Saturday, to attend the event. I'm sorry about the VPC and temperature issues, but you guys really hung in there and helped make this totally successful! I really appreciate all the great feedback on the event too - it's really important to me and my team to make sure that we're putting on quality events for you to enjoy and learn from.
Here's a summary of what I took away from the comment cards, our hallway discussions, and my own personal impressions...
Things that went well:
Things to work on for next time:
All in all, I think it was a really good event and a positive experience for everyone. Unless they snuck out without saying anything, I wasn't aware of anyone that left the event regretting their decision to come. Everyone had a good time, and learned a lot about Silverlight development. For that, I am very thankful :-) Although we expected more people based on the flurry of email and phone calls we received at the last minute, we ended up with about 50 people throughout the day, of which almost all of them stayed to the very end.
Thanks again to everyone that came out and everyone that helped run the event - I hope you did enjoy your experience, and will join us for the next camp. Don't forget about our upcoming Dallas VS08 InstallFest on Dec 5th and the We Are Microsoft event on Jan 18-20.