Geek Gatherings Phone Broke

If you have been trying to call the Geek Gatherings phone the past couple of days, we apologize for the disconnect you are experiencing. AT&T; is on the case and tech support thinks the problem will be corrected by Monday, if not sooner.

If there is something you need you can email us at info AT swfox DOT net, or call Rick on his cell phone (586.940.0081).

VFP Boot Camp Held Immediately Following Southwest Fox

Visionpace is presenting the highly-acclaimed VFP Boot Camp immediately following Southwest Fox. This event delivers three jam-packed days of solid, hands-on learning. From the fundamentals of VFP development through the very latest VFP 9.0 features, this boot camp is designed to quickly get your VFP skills up to speed. Attendees will receive a 500 page manual in both print and electronic format.

The three-day boot camp begins on Sunday, October 19th from 2:30 – 6:00 following the closing session of Southwest Fox. On Monday and Tuesday, October 20th and 21st, the class runs from 8:30 to 4:30 and on Wednesday, October 22nd the schedule is 8:30 to 2:30.

Registration ends on October 1, 2008. For more information visit or email To register call 888-904-7900.

Interesting Early Statistics

I spent a little time this week preparing for an interview about Southwest Fox on The Fox Show, (not posted yet), and came across some interesting statistics with respect to the registrations.

  • 31% of registrations are first time to Southwest Fox
  • 11% of registrations are first time to a Visual FoxPro conference

The way we receive registrations has definitely changed since we tweaked the registrations process a bit:

  • 51% email
  • 29% fax
  • 13% snail mail
  • 7% in-person

Email and fax have flipped percentages and email and in-person remain almost the same. This past week I came up with a couple of ideas I might implement for next year.

81 days until the conference convenes in Mesa!

Scholarship Winner Announcement

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of talking with D.J Scullin of Elkhorn Wisconsin. I let him know he is the winner of the White Light Computing $300 scholarship to attend Southwest Fox. Well, his employer is the really the winner {g}. This is D.J’s first trip to Southwest Fox and his first ever VFP conference! He is very excited to have the opportunity to travel to Mesa this October to meet more VFP developers.

D.J.’s name was drawn by the lead marketing adviser here at White Light Computing out of the 67 names registered by July 1, 2007.

Congratulations D.J.!

Only 99 days until we meet in Mesa.

Registration One-Day Record Set

The pace of registrations yesterday was exhilarating and exhausting, but at the end of the day I processed 22 registrations. This sets a new one-day record for Geek Gatherings. The previous day record was 14.

Fingers are soar and I am behind on the processing of the registrations. So if you are thinking you missed the deadline to save on the early-bird, your right. But…we are a group who believe in second chances. {g}

Based on the fact I am tired and in a weak state from all the data entry, I am officially extending the deadline until Monday July 7th at Midnight, EDT. Consider this the last chance to get in on the $75 discount and the free pre-conference session.

Registrations are just a little behind last year’s record setting pace, but just by a little bit.

Registrations heating up, so are prizes

My day started with some sweet news I wanted to share with everyone. Just in case you have not read the news on the Southwest Fox site, I wanted to let you know that Tightline Computers has donated three licenses for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite and MSDN Premium Subscription (1-year), valued at US$11,000 EACH.

That means we have six licenses to give away! Imagine yourself returning to the office on October 20th with one of these licenses. How good would that feel?

Thanks to Andy Kramek and Marcia Akins for this fantastic contribution to the conference.

Not long after I read Marcia’s email, six registrations dropped in the registration email box. Looks like it could be a very busy day.

Hurry to get early-bird Discounts

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

That’s the countdown clock here at Geek Gatherings getting closer to the early-bird deadline for Southwest Fox! July 1 is 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 stick it on your monitor on a yellow sticky note.

Southwest Fox takes place October 16-19, 2008 in Mesa, Arizona and we really hope you can be there. We would hate to see you miss out on the $75 discount, the free pre-conference session, and a chance at the $300 scholarship from White Light Computing.

Already registered? Thanks. Can you help us remind your fellow VFP developers who have been procrastinating that the deadline is looming?

Now if the great sessions, networking opportunities, Arizona weather, fun and merriment, discount, and freebie pre-con are not enough to entice you to come, how about a chance to win an Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite and MSDN Premium Subscription (1-year), valued at US$11,000. We’ve got three of them to give away!

Okay, so maybe that is not enough, what if we told you the moment we process your registration, we’ll send you a code for a free license for xSQL Software’s xSQL Data Compare Pro (a US$399 value). This product allows you to compare and synchronize data in two SQL Server databases. That’s right, you get back almost US$400 of the registration cost even before you reach Mesa!

Where are those ginsu knives?

We have lots of raffle prizes from our sponsors and vendors to give away during the conference. Special thanks to all our sponsors: White Light Computing, Stonefield Query, Tomorrow’s Solutions LLC, Sybase iAnywhere, Servoy, xSQL Software, FoxRockX, ApexSQL Software, Sweet Potato Software, Redgate, Information Technology Associates, and Visual Extend.

If you’re a user group leader, you probably want to contact us if you have not done so already and let us know you want in on the $25 per registration for your group. Free money to help your organization fund your activities. You cannot go wrong with this, but you have to let us know by July 1st that you are interested. Send contact information to

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Or you can call the Geek Gatherings’ World Headquarters at 586.254.2530.

Read about the registration process and get the registration form.

Check out our list of amazing speakers.

Dig into our five session tracks.

Use our brochure to convince your boss (or spouse or SO) to let you go.

So please beat the rush so we don’t have to test the scalability of the registration tracking application next week!

113 days until we gather in Mesa.

Rick Schummer
Tamar Granor
Doug Hennig

Southwest Fox
October 16-19, 2008
Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center Mesa, Arizona