From my inbox (blogged with permission).
I’m somewhat new to the XPages stuff. As a software developer, I have found your site (along with many others) to be very insightful and helpful when it comes to making my brain into a sponge. I appreciate all the work you have posted here, it is very beneficial to us newbies.
What I wanted to ask you was regarding MWLUG next month. This will be the first MWLUG that I will attend, and I’m trying to figure out exactly what I need to bring, what sessions I should be going to, etc. I live in the Indianapolis area, so I’m fortunate to have it located in my back yard. Anyway, any advice you could give for a first-time MWLUG attendee would be greatly appreciated. (Hopefully there are more like me out there, because there really isn’t any information/tips anywhere online that I could find. I just want to be sure I bring everything I might need.
There are many tips I can give.
- Dress code is typically casual. Business casual if you feel more comfortable but suits are few and far between
- Remember the speakers are doing this for free, so be appreciative
- Go to sessions that interest you. I tend to stick clear of IBM marketing sessions, but they are few and far between after the keynote at Lugs
- If you like the way someone blogs/writes, there is a good chance you will like the way they present
- Look at the sessions that are not selling things, unless its honestly selling them and doing it in a non-shitty way (that’s a personal rule).
- Keep an open mind. Something you hated a few years back may be better now
- Remember the organisers do all this for free, so thank them and buy them a beer
- The sponsors typically don’t do a hard sell at these events, but they have paid for everything so do keep and open mind and take a look at their products. You never know that something could be useful to you.
- Some speakers (IBM and non-IBM) say things they would not get away with at a real conference. If they ask you not to tweet something, be good enough to comply.
- Remember that everyone for the most part is as enthusiastic as you. Feed of it. Talk to people. They want to share stories.
- Bring business cards
- Bring personal internet access (wifi usually suffers)
- Try to stay near or at the venue
- At all times, Obey Wheaton’s Law
But please, do join in if you have tips, or have a blog post where you already cover this.