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A number of you have emailed me privately and asked how the community launch event went, given all the hiccups experienced along the way.

It went very well. Murray did a great job and we had near-record (for a UG meeting) attendance. 43 people showed up out of the 54 that registered. Murray also says the training he got was pretty excellent.

We opted to show videos in place of a lot of the live demos for a couple reasons you might want to consider. The videos are fairly quick and the performance really shines in the video demos. The live demos are run on VPC images and, well, you can imagine the performance is not so great on anything less than an uber-machine. We didn't have an uber machine... so the video were a better choice.

Also, there is a TON of material to present and there is no way in hell you can do it all in the span of a normal UG meeting. If anything, this material should be presented Code Camp style with multiple presenters doing multiple tracks. We kinda screwed this one up. We had one guy (who did a GREAT job) and 4 hours to work with. Naturally some stuff had to be omitted, for example we didn't talk about Biztalk at all. We could have easily turned this into an all-day event. (Those of you not doing your event until January take note... find a food sponsor and make it an all day saturday event. Get one or two other people trained and split up the work, that way people can see the parts that interest them.)

In the process, we also managed to get 4 new paid members (3 regular and 1 corporate) which was a VERY welcome surprise. Another terrific piece of news is that I found an artist for my INETA website committee.

We gave away a fair amount of swag, including 5 copies of Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition and SQL Server 2005, a couple of books and a free class from PST (the local CTEC and UG sponsor)

For those of you planning to do a launch event in the next month or two, chances are yours will be a little less stressful than ours was. Such is the price for being early. :) Microsoft and INETA got us everything they promised, and as long as you communicate your needs to them, the same should happen for you. If something is missing or screwed up, let someone (who matters) know. They have a vested interest in making your event a success, but they can't help you if you don't tell them.

Also, I mentioned it at the launch event, so I might as make it official... yes we're planning on doing another code camp. We're targeting April 2006 at the moment and I'll be posting more info here as the details get set. One thing worth mentioning is that I'd like to have a game development track this year. They had one at the Portland Code Camp I spoke at, and it went over pretty well. Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 5:10 AM | Back to top

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