Organizing and maintaining a SharePoint Saturday can be hard work. LOTS of hard work. Luckily, the way we run SharePoint Saturday Boston, we have less hard work than other SPS events. We put the responsibility of ordering shirts, pads, pens, food, etc. on the sponsor, so we do not only have to deal with the event, speakers, sponsors, etc., so we do not also have to order shirts, food, etc. It makes life a lot easier.
Then there are other SharePoint Saturday events, such as SharePoint Saturday New York, they take it to the next level, and deal with all of that. Now, these are just single day events.
Now, with SharePoint Saturday – The Conference, this was a 3-day event, they had roughly 1800 people registered, well over a thousand attend. IMAGINE STUFFING 1800 ATTENDEE AND SPEAKER BAGS?! GAH! They had LOTS of volunteers however. It was not the best well-oiled machine, but, there was no chance of the motor seizing up on this one. They did one heck of a job. This is not to slight the conference in any way, the organizers of this event actually have day jobs, that are not all about planning and putting together conferences, so this was done in their spare time, if they had any.
I was amazed at the level of sophistication that a basically free ($39-$59 for a 3 day event is the best price out there for a SharePoint conference of this size). They had the ability to change name tags on the fly, lots of volunteers had radios, there were session and schedule updates on monitors around the campus, people all over the place directing traffic and offering help getting from building to building, and if for some reason your session time and date had changed, people to find you and drag you to them! (more on that in a moment).
Great job by everyone involved! I was happy to be a speaker and attendee at the conference, and look forward to another one down the road!
With that, I delivered 3 sessions. Below is information on each, as well as slide decks. Thank you to all who attended my sessions!
9 Ways to Become a (SharePoint) Rock Star
This was supposed to take place on Saturday, not Friday. So, when I arrived at the conference on Friday at 5 after 11 in the morning, I saw the lunch table, and headed over… got a plate of food, and then all of a sudden, I was approached by one of the volunteers, and a friend of mine, Jennifer, and the interaction went something like this…
Jennifer: “C’mon! You’re 15 minutes late for your session!”
Me: “What? I don’t have a session until the end of the day”
Jennifer: “No, you have one now”
Me: “Ok then, what session is it?”
Jennifer: “9 Ways to Become a (SharePoint) Rock Star”
[EDITORS NOTE: She did not exactly use parenthesis when she said it.]
Me: “That’s not until tomorrow”
Jennifer: “There are 40 people waiting in there for you now”
Me: “Uh oh, [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted], Let me grab my bag!”
Jennifer: ”Let’s go!”
[winded dash to another building … then walking, well, being dragged into the classroom]
Me: “Sorry I am late everyone! I slept late and am hung over, you know, living the rock star lifestyle”
…and then we began the session, after my laptop booted up. So we only got through about 6 of the 9 steps. Luckily, Christian Buckley (the band broke up before the session, so he wasn’t there), is starting a blog series at EndUserSharePoint.com here 9 Ways to Become a SharePoint Rock Star, which will cover each of our “9 Ways”.
For some background on “the best fake SharePoint band EVER, EVER”…
Our lightning talk from SPTechCon in Boston in June, 2011
Horse’s End–Behind the Music
Legal Notice from Christian for SPSTCDC
and without further ado… the slide deck.
Just Freakin’ Work! Overcoming Hurdles in SharePoint Development
This basically boils down to a best practices around SharePoint development. As well as a fun edu-tainment session with my co-presenter, Mark Rackley. We had a blast, had some good questions, and got through the entire session. Here’s the deck!
Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010
And my last session, which after this was delivered, I had to run to the airport to head home. Again, a great session, great questions, and again, finished up on time. I hope to have that Cloudshare virtual image up and running soon.