A lot of things have been happening in preparing for the first annual Day of DotNetNuke®. We have been speaking with sponsors, potential partners, service providers, hotels, speakers, and more – making sure that everyone that attends will have the best possible time that they can. Our goal is to provide the best DNN content anywhere, and provide the best social, learning, and networking environment possible. All of this, and it is absolutely FREE to attend! Can you believe it? Here is what has been going on in terms of news…
I already mentioned in a previous post that we have the honor of welcoming Joe Brinkman as our keynote speaker. He will also be presenting a session on jQuery titled, Using jQuery in DotNetNuke. I am very excited about this session. I am one of many people who enjoy integrating jQuery into my DotNetNuke® development. You may know that Joe is a co-author of the first two official DNN books, and that he is a co-founder of the DotNetNuke® Corporation, but you may not know that he is also the author of an upcoming Wrox Blox on jQuery. I would highly recommend that you sit in on his session.
We were late on our goal of releasing the list of speakers yesterday by nearly 4 hours. That’s right. The list of speakers was released at approximately 4:00 AM EST this morning. Needless to say, I slept in this morning. We have a very impressive list of speakers! I am so excited! We have 3 Microsoft MVP’s, 10 authors (all Wrox), and 1 Technical Editor (yeah, that’s me) in our list of speakers. We also have 2 DNN user group Founders, 1 DNN user group President, 1 DNN Corp member, 1 DNN Core Team Member, and several leaders of prominent commercial DNN modules and services speaking. [Day of DotNetNuke® Speakers]
Earlier this afternoon, I was able to get the sessions posted. I know you probably will feel that I am biased, but the topics are amazing! As one of the organizers of the event, I am so disappointed that I will not be able to attend most of the sessions. I expect to be pretty busy that day. And I can feel your pain as an attendee, as you will have to limit yourself to only 6 of the 30 sessions. I am so sorry. :)
The voting closed for the DNN After Dark venue yesterday. Our chosen venue for our social event is the Green Iguana Bar & Grill. I have never been there, but I am told that it is a great place to hang out. We are waiting for them to get back to us on some final details right now. Regardless, we are holding a social event there right after the Day of DotNetNuke® door prizes are given out, and the venue is cleaned up. We will be having food, drinks, and good times!
At the recommendation of one of our attendees, I am working out a deal with the hotel that already appears to be the most popular one for those that are traveling long distances to attend, Embassy Suites. I am trying to get a block of rooms set aside for the Day of DotNetNuke® attendees to all be grouped together, and also a discount. I will only be announcing the discount through our newsletter, and you can only get the newsletter by registering to attend the Day of DotNetNuke®. FYI – Embassy Suites is the same place that the Engage Workshop will be held. [Register to Attend the Day of DotNetNuke®]
Engage Software has planned a training workshop. This is similar to the workshop they held at OpenForce 08. Normally, their workshops are more expensive, but right now you can register to attend the two-day DNN workshop for $329.00. Don’t waste any time though! That price is only for early birds. That price goes up to $399.00 after May 23rd. The folks at Engage really know their stuff, so don’t miss out. If you have been looking for a way to talk your boss into sending to this trip, and paying for it, this is your excuse!