So I want to take a little time out to mention DDD Southwest. If you are based in the South West of England, then this is a great conference for you to attend. It’s on a Saturday (the 23rd of May), and it’s free. Even if you are not based in Taunton, I think it’s worth travelling down for.
Let me explain Why. The conference is run by Guy Smith-Ferrier who is one of the most community focused individuals, and one of my favorite speakers.
The main agenda is great, great speakers + topics.
- Silverlight (i’m sure there will be some SL3 in there, knowing Richard) – Richard Costall
- ASP.NET MVC – Steve Sanderson (great book on MVC)
- Oslo – Robert Hogg
- C# 4.0 – Guy Smith-Ferrier
- MEF – Ben Hall
- Refacoring – Gary Short
- Scrum – Richard Fenell
- Quantum Computing – Dave McMahon
- Windows Azure – Chris Hay (a little biased I know).
Don’t get me wrong it’s a real honor to be asked to speak at this conference, and the speaker line and topics is superb, but this isn’t what is exciting me the most.
A call for new speakers
This really excites me, there is a call for new speakers. So there will be a bunch of sessions from new speakers, with new takes on various topics. It will be superb and I can’t wait. It wasn’t that long ago when I was a new speaker, and it’s a great opportunity for new speakers to get sessions without competing against the big guns.
I think this is a great format that gives new speakers a chance to cut their teeth, in a supportive environment.
I think this track however excites me the most, as I haven’t seen this format before.
It’s the Conference Party Games Track :)
- Park Bench Discussion
- Rotating Speaker Panel, where anyone can join in answering
- Small is beautiful and hard
- Make beautiful code from average code
- Workshop for single handed developers
- Balloon Debate
- One Ballon, 5 languages represented by 5 people. The ballon is sinking and you need to ditch languages to gain height. For the first 30 minutes, each person representing a language has to argue their cause. After 30 minutes the audience throws out 3 of the people / languages. It’s then head to head. Winner takes all
- Planning Poker
- Looks super cool, everyone estimates a problem and shows their estimate simultaneously and then has to come to a consensus of the estimate
What a superb looking day, and it’s looks pretty different from other conferences.
Well done Guy on producing such a great format, and I’ll see you there.