SharePoint Saturday Boston 4–Recap and Materials

spsbostonWhat an event! This will be the 3rd SharePoint Saturday Boston event that I had the pleasure to help organize with Talbott Crowell and Pradeepa Siva. This was by far the smoothest as far as getting the gears cranking on it. Once the engine started, it virtually ran itself… I think our only real issue the day of, is that the breakfast caterer did not pick up their coffee containers, that and we could not figure out the AC situation, or lack there-of in some of the conference rooms. No speaker cancellations, or anything of that sort.


I want to start off by thanking our wonderful sponsors, who without, these events could never take place. It would take tens of thousands of dollars to pull one of these off… and that kind of money does go into these, but, not funded by registration fees from attendees. These are sponsored by some great companies, that believe in these events.

Next off, the speakers. If you are not familiar with a SharePoint Saturday event, the speakers are not paid a single cent to come and speak. There are no reimbursements for travel from us at least – some people do have companies that pick up their tab, a lot however, do not.We had speakers from all over the US, Canada, and even one from Russia. We could have all of the sponsors in the world, but, without the quality of the speakers, and their knowledge and delivery of the content, these events would not take place.

And last, but certainly not least, all of the 250+ attendees that came out on an absolutely gorgeous New England Saturday (it got me out of mulching my entire yard!), to come and network, learn, and have some fun. Again, if there were no attendees, there would be no SharePoint Saturday Boston.

For you math geeks out there, it is a simple equation, to sum up what the SharePoint Saturday ecosystem is.

Speakers + Sponsors + Attendees = SharePoint Saturday

And for my last bit of thanks – thank you to all of the people who attended my session – Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010. This was my first run of this session, and the feedback was very positive. Thank you all for bearing the heat in there, especially with the unending stream of hot air coming from me. I’ve posted my deck (below) at slideshare, and to all of who you are looking for a copy of the demo image – I will have that link available within the next week or two, as soon as I get it all up and running.



I am looking forward to the next SharePoint Saturday Boston, as well as other SharePoint Saturdays to come…


About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for Insight, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 15 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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