Well the first annual IndyTechFest was yesterday and I must say that I am in total awe that the event went off without a hitch. I mean this was a day filled with World-Class speakers covering all sorts of topics. from SilverLight to AJAX, VSTS to WPF.The event opened the doors and 8:00 am and by 7:45 the line to enter was out the door and into the parking lot. The first 400 attendees received nice laptop bags filled with some cool swag.
The keynote was interrupted for a time being by none other than Buck Foley – Motivational Speaker. If you have never seen this guy then go to http://buckfoley.com/ and check him out.
There were 5 tracks with 5 sessions in each. The only problem was trying to figure out where to go since all the tracks and sessions were so good. The speakers as mentioned were top notch coming in from as far as Hawaii. In between sessions folks could be found milling around or playing XBox on one of the three XBox setups or getting a chair massage or going to ChalkTalks.
I was happy to see that my session on the ALM in VSTS was well received and the folks had many questions. In fact they had to pull the plug and get me out of the room for the next presenter. I was really encouraged by this. I also had to chance to see friends speak that I have not see do so in some time. Guys like Bill Steele, Larry Clarkin, and Dave Bost.
The grand finally came when Josh Holmes from Channel9 CodeToLive came by on his way through town from Nashville, Tennessee to help close out the event. Check out the site and see what they are doing. There was also a ton of cool giveaways at the end including some XBox consoles and of course tons of books.
This event was really a great time and I know that next year we are going to be doing it again. I just want to personally thank all the organizers for there hard work and dedication to the event.