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I'm finally happy to announce the upcoming St. Louis Day of .NET conference. 

As some of you may have seen in my recent blog postings, I recently got back from PDC in LA.  Unfortunately not everyone gets that opportunity (and I haven't been to a conference since Tech-Ed in 2001 so I know the feeling :)

So, as there are no great, easy to get to conference opportunities here in St. Louis and we do have a very active and growing community of .NET developers, myself and a few of my peers from other local organizations engaged in organizing the first St. Louis Day of .NET.   So here you go:

The conference will be held on Saturday, December 13th, 2008 and will be hosted by Washington University's Center for the Application of Information Technology (CAIT).  I'm actually an instructor for their .NET program and feel like I'm inviting all these developers to my own home :)  We have 28 speakers so far and will have 28 one hour sessions broken up across seven rooms.  Our total capacity will cap out at 300 people and I hope and pray that the St. Louis development community steps up and fills us to capacity. We hope this will be the first of many successful conferences and are excited to see the enthusiasm that has sprouted up after hearing about what we are out to accomplish.

There is a $40 cost for the conference but we are providing a lot of nice "conferencey" type things such as a polo shirt with the conference logo, a 1g USB drive pre-loaded with all conference materials, breakfast/lunch/snack, and the opportunity to win a ton of great prizes (not to mention 28 technical sessions by the regions best and brightest :).   Hopefully people won't balk too much at a mere $40 to help us offset costs.  In actuality, many St. Louis organizations have already stepped up to sponsor this event and provided a ton of cash to help us out (I'm not sure if it was actually a "ton" but it was significant and generous).  I can't say enough how thankful I am and encourage you to check out the sponsors page on our site to see who they are and thank them (

Microsoft has graciously provided us with a number of the PPTs and other session materials from PDC and we are happy to represent some of that content as well as a large amount of custom content by local presenters.  We are hoping this conference gives local and regional developers the opportunity to come out and hear about and see technologies which they will be using in their day to day work very soon.  And we're hoping events like this one help foster the community and raise St. Louis' stature among centers of .NET expertise.

I will be blogging more about this conference over the coming weeks but for now I encourage you to check out and register for the event or share the invitation with your friends or coworkers (or both if they happen to be the same people).   Also, let your managers and your bosses know what we are doing so they can spread the word even farther.  We are still accepting sponsorships as well and would love to work with your organizations to help get more of their employees to the conference.

More on this to come...

Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 6:11 PM | Back to top

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