Posted by pete on December 5th, 2006
ShmooCon ‘07 registration opened this past weekend. Thanks to my slow RSS feed aggregator, I didn’t hear about it until today. I went to last year’s conference and had a blast. There were so many interesting things covered by so many good speakers, I don’t know where to begin. I think the thing I liked most about it was that it helped reconnect me with my curiosity. I didn’t feel like I had to justify to myself why I was doing something. “I’m curious, so I do it.” It was a breath of fresh — well, geeky-smelly — air.
The best part: all three days of this inspiration cost only $75. They’re doing some weird ticket pricing / sales thing this year where you can spend $75, $150, or $300 on a ticket that seems to get you essentially the same thing (the $300 tickets get you a t-shirt). The idea is that, if you think the conference is worth more, you can pay more. This is all not-for-profit and run completely by volunteers. Personally, I just got back from a 2+ week vacation and a surprise 2-night stay in D.C., we’re approaching Christmas (and Christmas bills), and have a whole new bed to buy soon, so, despite my enthusiasm, I took pity on my wallet and bought a $75 ticket. The show’s Friday, March 23rd through Sunday, the 25th and I’ll be there. I’ve already put in for PTO that Friday.
There’s an interesting network setup (ShmooCon Labs) the day and a half before that that they want people to apply for. I think it’d be fun, educational, and that I could help, but I’m not sure I could (or care to try to) convince them of that.
Bring out the geek!
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