I'll be attending and speaking at the first "Web On The Piste" in New Zealand next week. This is a conference being organized by both Straker and Gruden, two companies in which I've had a lot of positive dealings with over the years. It's shaping up to being hopefully a permanent fixture on my conference calendar going forward (that and the Queenstown Skiing surely helps the cause).

"..Web on the Piste  is scheduled for the 22nd - 23rd of August , 2007 at the ultimate in venues, Queenstown, New Zealand. We are bringing world leaders in Rich Internet and associated technologies as speakers and instructors for 2 days of Flex, AJAX, SPRY, Apollo and Flash as well as covering server-side back end technologies such as ColdFusion, .Net, Java and PHP and some sessions on mobile based content delivery..."

I think I'll be both on a "Panel Discussion" and will talking about how one is able to re-use some of their Adobe Flex skill set with Silverlight (don't worry it won't be a political mess and It's targeted at those folks whom have *already* made the decision to try Microsoft Silverlight but have a Adobe Flex background).

I'm looking forward to meeting some of the New Zealand RIA folks who I met at WebDU early this year whilst also catching up with some of the Aussie Adobe Community folks as well.

Special warm thankyou goes towards Straker & Gruden for making some bold steps towards organising this event for the first time.