Thanks to those of you who responded promptly to our message about the future of Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++. Registration has picked up, but we still need to hear from more of you before the Super-saver deadline.
June 30th is just a few days 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 17-20, 2013 in Gilbert, Arizona and we really hope you can be there. We would hate to see you miss out on the $125 discount and the free pre-conference session. The pre-conference sessions are quite popular this year.
Head over to the registration Web site today: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration. As promised, we are not cashing checks or processing credit cards for new registrations until the middle of July.
Already registered? Thanks. Can you help us remind your fellow developers who have been procrastinating about the looming deadline?
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.
As of today, we have 14 people registered for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2013. That’s about half the number of people who were registered at this time last year, and last year’s number took a big leap of faith on our part to carry on. See, our break-even point is about 75 people, and according to our contract with the hotel, we have until July 2 to cancel or we’re on the hook for our guaranteed minimum whether there’s a conference or not.
Southwest Fox is one of the highlights of the year for the three of us. A ton of planning and work goes into organizing it, but we are happy to do it because we feel it’s an important way to keep our community going. We’re realistic enough to know that it won’t go on forever and each year could be the last. So, was 2012 the last year? You can help us make that decision. If you were thinking about going this year, vote to continue the conference by registering now. If you know others thinking of attending, share this message with them.
If we do end up cancelling, everyone who registered will get their money back in full, so you can’t lose out. (Just don’t make your flight reservation right way.)
The FoxShow #77 features an interview with us discussing this and other SWFox-related issues, so be sure to check it out. Andrew MacNeill also has a blog post about this.
Geek Gatherings LLC has officially opened registration for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2013! The developer conferences will be held October 17-20, 2013 at the SanTan Elegante Conference and Reception Center, the same great location as last year. Last year was a huge success.
Super-Saver Registration, which saves you $125, is available only through June 30th, so don’t wait. Head over to the registration Web site today: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration
Registration fees are the same as last year! More details are available on the conference’s registration page.
Just a reminder that session proposals for Southwest Fox 2013 and Southwest Xbase++ 2013 are due by 8 AM EDT this Friday, March 22. If you’re interested in speaking, please download the Call for Speakers from http://www.swfox.net/CallForSpeakers.aspx and submit your proposals using our new online application at www.geekgatherings.com/submission.