Keynote Speaker: Craig Boyd

Keynotes at Southwest Fox are normally exciting and this year we think we have a real winner lined up.

While Craig Boyd couldn’t do his planned sessions at this year’s Southwest Fox, we did some arm twisting and put on the full court press to convince him to do the keynote presentation.

We are waiting for Craig to finalize his topics, but we wanted to let you know so you are even more fired up about coming to Southwest Fox this year.

If you are registered for the conference please watch for more details in the normal emails we send out over the next few weeks before the conference.

We are also looking for an individual or a company to split the sponsorship of the keynote with White Light Computing. Contact Geek Gatherings if you are interested: info AT SWFox.NET.

Keeping conference delegates informed

Conferences are dynamic in nature and organizers have a lot of details to pass along to the people who come each year. The Southwest Fox organizers process communication via email and we normally get high marks for keeping people informed.

We already have sent out three emails to people who are registered:

1) Early August
Added Eric Selje as speaker, hotel change reminder, international travel information, request for Show Us Your App, door prizes, books from Hentzenwerke for everyone, teaser video tease, and request to tell a friend about SWFox.

2) Mid-September
Your registration details and t-shirt size,  request for Show Us Your App, notification of the schedule page update, KOKOPELLI coming, last minute Polo shirts order, telling you session materials will be available before the conference, transportation, hotel, and information from the sponsors.

3) Late September
Keynote speaker announcement

What can you expect communication wise from the organizers before we arrive in Gilbert?

1) Early October
What is printed on your badge (so you can inform us of corrections), your status for the Who’s Coming List (in case you want to change it), what you have registered (friendly reminder), where you can get the Schedule, KOKOPELLI, what the food arrangements are finalized, registration details, and lots more…

2) A week before the conference starts:
Weather forecasts, download link and credentials to the conference materials, download link to the Conference Guide, ideas on enhancing your conference experience, potential side-effects of the conference, transportation, registration times, and lots more…

3) The Monday before the conference:
Pre-conference session details and reminders, download link and credentials to the conference materials (yes, again <g>), Show Us Your App schedule (provided people sign up to present – still need more sessions), more transportation details, and lots more…

After the conference we send out follow-up emails too to remind you about FTP credentials, getting us the evaluations, requesting photos you took, information from the vendors, and any updates from our speakers.

So it is critical you ensure we have your current email address for your registration. There is lots of information we want to share with our delegates.

Only 18 days until we gather in Glibert!

Speaker Ch-ch-changes…

We have some news to share about our speaker line up for Southwest Fox 2010.

We are disappointed that Craig Boyd will be unable to present at Southwest Fox 2010; we look forward to his return in the future.

We are delighted that Jody Meyer has agreed to step in. She’ll present two topics: “Web Development using CSS – 101” and “It’s Easy & It’s Green: PDF Output.”  Jody did a terrific job as a rookie speaker at last year’s Southwest Fox. You can learn more about Jody on our speakers page ( and read all about her sessions on our sessions page (

Only five weeks until Southwest Fox!