Save $50: Register before September 1!

Simple, quick reminder: the Early-bird registration deadline is this Monday, August 31st. We would hate to see you lose out on the $50 discount.

If you still need to register, please head over to the registration Web site today: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration

Every registered attendee gets admission and white papers to all regular conference sessions. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best and mix with your peers.

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A change of speakers … and next deadline approaches

We’re disappointed to share that Cathy Pountney won’t be speaking at Southwest Fox this year after all. (She’s fine, but needed to step out.) But we’re delighted that Tuvia Vinitsky has agreed to help fill the schedule. He’ll be covering two topics that should be of interest to both Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ attendees:

dbSchema: SQL Server Database Design and Maintenance Made Easy
PCI Compliance: Facts and Fears

Also, just a quick reminder that the next discount deadline is rapidly approaching. Register before September 1 for a $50 early-bird discount.

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The conferences are a go!

Rick, Doug and I met (via Skype) and made the decision to move forward with this year’s conferences. Registrations to date are almost identical to last year’s on the same date, giving us confidence that the conferences remain financially feasible.

We’re also happy to tell you that we’ve added Rick Borup to the speaker list. He’ll follow up three previous sessions on using Mercurial with Version Control Faceoff: Git vs Mercurial, plus present I See What You Mean: Data Visualization for the Database Developer.

See you in October!

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Less than a week to Super-saver deadline!

Hear that sound? Tick, tick, tick, tick…

That’s the countdown clock here at Geek Gatherings getting closer to the Super-saver deadline for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++! June 30th is a little less than a week away and we thought we would pass along a reminder just in case you forgot to type it into your task list, or put a yellow sticky note on your monitor. We still need people to register to make the conferences happen.

The conferences take place October 15-18, 2015 in Gilbert, Arizona and we really hope you can be there. We would hate to see you miss out on the $125 discount, the FREE pre-conference session, and an opportunity to win a scholarship or a license of Stonefield Query SDK (a $6,000 value).

Head over to the registration Web site today: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration

If you’ve already registered, we thank you. Can you help us remind your fellow developers who have been procrastinating about the looming deadline by sharing this post or tweeting about it? Spread the word by telling others you are going on our Facebook event.

Also, if you sent in your registration and have not received a confirmation, please contact us to see what happened. Everyone gets a confirmation when the registration is processed. As promised, we are not cashing checks or processing credit cards for new registrations until the middle of July.

Check out our list of amazing speakers and dig into our session tracks for VFP and Xbase++. Follow the news about the conference on this blog.

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So please beat the rush so we still have some fingernails left when July begins!

We appreciate all the support people have shown for the conference with early registrations; we look forward to getting many more this week.

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We’re on the FoxShow

We were interviewed by Andrew Ross MacNeill for his The FoxShow podcast. Click here to go right to this episode

And don’t forget to register for the conference by July 1 to get the Super-Saver discount of $125 plus one free pre-conference session!

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2015 Registration is open!

We’ve opened registration for the 2015 conferences. Super-Saver Registration, which saves you $125, is available only through June 30th, so don’t wait.

As we’ve explained before, putting on a conference is a risky endeavor. Conference centers require a guaranteed minimum income to block the dates of a conference; for a conference like Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++, that minimum is in the tens of thousands of dollars. We have to confirm our commitment to the conference center by July 2nd and need your support by July 1st to make that commitment.

In addition, as we recently said, if Southwest Fox Super-Saver registration is strong enough, we’ll add some speakers and topics.

Here is what you can expect from Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++:

  1. Two simultaneous conferences for the price of one.
  2. Terrific selection of sessions from great presenters.
  3. A total of 25 regular conference topics between the two conferences, 5 pre-conference sessions to choose from, and a keynote to pack your days with learning opportunities and inspiration.
  4. White papers from every session (mandated by the organizers) so you can read about sessions you can’t fit into your schedule, or review material you saw at the conference when you return home.
  5. Lunch Thursday if you register for two pre-conference sessions. (You can also purchase lunch Thursday at our cost.)
  6. Lunch Friday and Saturday for all attendees.
  7. Dinner Friday night.
  8. A free pre-conference session if you register by June 30th.

So please register soon, and encourage every Visual FoxPro and Xbase++ developer you know to register, too.

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2015 speakers and topics announced!

Today we posted the list of speakers and topics for this year’s conferences on the conference website. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, if registration warrants, we’ll add some speakers and topics to Southwest Fox over the summer.

Speakers

Southwest Fox topics

Southwest Xbase++ topics

Watch for registration to open soon.

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How many speakers will we have at Southwest Fox 2015? It’s up to you.

We recently did one of the hardest tasks associated with running Southwest Fox–choosing speakers and topics from among the ones submitted. This year, it was harder than it has been in a long while. (We’ll post the results as soon as it’s all worked out.)

Based on last year’s attendance, we’ve decided to plan for two simultaneous VFP sessions rather than three, as we’ve had for several years. Doing so reduces our financial risk and makes it easier for us to commit to holding the conference. (Like last year, we’ll actually make the final “go/no go” decision the first week of July.)

Of course, we understand that there’s a trade-off here; some people may find the list of speakers and topics less compelling because it’s shorter. We’re hoping that doesn’t apply to too many people.

On the other hand, maybe attendance will be better than we expect. To prepare for that possibility, we’re also identifying a few speakers and topics we really want and hoping for the chance to add them when we look at registrations after the July 1 SuperSaver deadline.

So this message is a bit of a challenge to the VFP community. If enough of you register for Southwest Fox by July 1, we’ll be able to add one or more speakers.

We believe that the program we’re putting together is absolutely worth the price we’re charging, but we’d love to give you even more for the money.

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2015 Call for Speakers

The call has gone out!

We’re inviting anyone interesting in speaking at this year’s conferences to submit topics. You’ll find the Call for Speakers at http://www.swfox.net/callforspeakers.aspx. Please read the complete Call for Speakers document (linked from that page), and use our proposal submission application at https://geekgatherings.com/Submission. Session proposals are due by March 9. (Yes, this is earlier than in prior years. We have some publicity plans that require us to have a little more lead time than in the past.)

As in the past few years, we plan to offer a good selection of topics in core VFP development, extending VFP, using VFP with other technologies, and VFPX, as well as technology sessions to help VFP developers become better developers, not just more expert at VFP. We are looking for a few sessions on paths forward for VFP developers and we’re looking for a few deep-dive post-conference sessions.

For Southwest Xbase++, this year’s sessions should primarily focus on Xbase++ 2.0. We are especially interested in your experience with features such as Universal-SQL and Single or Multi touch UI development with 2.0. If you are involved in Web application development, we want to hear about how to get most out of WebHandlers and WebSockets with 2.0.

For both conferences, the Call for Speakers also lists some topics last year’s attendees specifically requested.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to seeing your proposals. We expect that, as usual, choosing among them will be one of the hardest things we do all year.

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Save the dates: Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2015!

Save the dates for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2015! The conferences take place October 15-18, 2015.

This year we again have two conferences as one great event at the same location. The conferences offer developers an opportunity to learn and extend their skills, and network with fellow developers. You get two conferences for the price of one!

The conferences take place at the San Tan Elegante Conference and Reception Center, the same great location as last year.

At the 2014 conferences, we mentioned our risks in running the conferences, primarily the tens of thousands of dollars we have to commit to the conference center. Fortunately, we found a way to mitigate those risks to an acceptable level, so we’re happy to be hosting the conference again in 2015.

We choose speakers from the developer community based on their session proposals. We are always looking for new speakers. Watch the Call for Speakers page of the conference website; we’ll post the Call for Speakers in mid-February.

All the details about registration, speakers, sessions, and more will be published in May.

Special Request!!!

If there are any topics you hope will be covered this year, please send them to info@geekgatherings.com, right away.

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