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!

Southwest Fox Sessions and Speakers Announced

On May 1, we announced the speaker and session lineup for Southwest Fox 2008. It was even harder selecting from the outstanding list of proposals this year than it was last year, and Rick, Tamar, and I are very excited about the sessions being presented this year. There are some killer topics such as taking advantage of GDI+ in your VFP applications, creating custom report controls, profiling and refactoring code using the VFPX Code Analyst tool, using WMI, taking advantage of the Sedna Upsizing Wizard, using Ajax and jQuery in Web applications … the list is long and exciting!

Even better, in my opinion, is the chance to see old friends again and meet new ones. Many people say networking is the real reason to attend conferences, and that’s absolutely true.

Registration is now open, so be sure to sign up today for a fun three days in Phoenix in October. Even better, if you register before July 1, you get a free pre-conference session, a $99 value. With sessions on Transact SQL, MySQL, and the VFP 9 report writer available, the hard part will be picking which one to attend.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in October!

Time to submit session proposals

Over the weekend, Doug updated the Southwest Fox website (www.swfox.net) to show information for this year’s conference. Simultaneously, we released this year’s call for speakers. If you think you have something to share with the VFP community, check it out at http://www.swfox.net/callforspeakers.aspx.

Be sure to read the entire Call for Speakers document, as it explains our philosophy for the conference and for choosing speakers.

Southwest Fox 2008 *and* 2009

During the closing session of Southwest Fox 2007 we announced Southwest Fox 2008.

Today I signed the conference center contracts for 2008 and 2009! So the announcement is official: Southwest Fox 2008 and 2009 will be held in Mesa, AZ at the Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center (same place as 2007).

The organizers knew the conference location was not going to change based on the overall terrific service the conference center staff provided to us last year. We have worked out a deal we think will benefit everyone who comes to the conference over the next couple of years.

So mark your calendars to come to Southwest Fox in Mesa for at least the next couple of years (and hopefully many more to come):

Southwest Fox 2008: October 16th-19th
Southwest Fox 2009: October 15th-18th

More details to be revealed soon! Only 273 days until the conference this year, and 637 days until 2009 {g}.