How many live events have you attended where the speaker compiled and ran a cool demo app? F5 F5 F5! The room buzzes with excitement. The code compiles and runs without error. “Oohs” and “ahs” give way to applause, which morphs into probing questions and excited suggestions. Time draws short. The speaker unveils a URL where attendees can download the demo app binaries and code.And then… Janitors move in. Attendees file out. A small circle of geeks forms around the speaker for a few minutes. Email addresses are exchanged. Within minutes, the room is empty and silent. What a let down!
You don’t have to let the fun end. Persist it on gotdotnet. Recently, I created a pilot project on gotdotnet CodeGallery to test out this concept for CodeSlam. It worked well enough to encourage me to try it out for other events.
In my experience, three forms of pre- post-event communication and collaboration occurs between attendees and speakers:
Plan Ahead! If you are organizing or speaking at a live event for software developers and IT pros, I urge you to consider adopting a structured approach to pre- and post-event communication and collaboration by creating a Gotdotnet Workspace or CodeGallery venue where:
By the way, if you get to attend a Microsoft conference or other event in the near future, don't miss an opportunity to check out a few of my favorite speakers: Richard Hundhausen, Don Box, Doug Neumann, Dan Fernandez, Eric Lee, and Chris Sells.