Dave Aring of Visionpace has created a very cool session scheduling application for Southwest Fox called Kokopelli (the name of the figure with the flute in our logo). It automates the selection of the sessions you want to see and even creates a handy printed schedule that fits in your conference badge.
Download the ZIP file and extract it in its own directory, then run Kokopelli.EXE; it requires that VFP 8 or 9 be installed on the system. Although it’s very intuitive, it also includes instructions on how to use it.
Here’s a screen shot of Kokopelli:
Here’s an example of the printed schedule. It’s kind of hard to see in this small snapshot, but it has the complete schedule listed with grey boxes highlighting my selected sessions. It also lists those sessions I didn’t select as a check to make sure I’m hitting everything I want.
Happy New Year everyone.
One of our questions on the evaluation form asked people to rate KOKOPELLI. One of the themes we got in the responses is “What is KOKOPELLI?” and “Where was KOKOPELLI?”
Apparently we did not do a good job making the Southwest Fox schedule helper applet from Dave Aring public enough on the Web site, in our email announcements, and the RSS feed. You might not be aware that we had it loaded on the kiosk computer we had set up at the registration table. The majority of people who used it gave it a high rating, which is good. What is not good is many people did not get to take advantage of the tool.
Looking on the conference Web site I see it mentioned once on the News page. This is where the only link is. I am hopeful we will get a second chance from Dave to better promote KOKOPELLI. If he does, I promise we will make it more apparent how to get it, and where you can find it.
Southwest Fox 2008 is this year. Only 287 days until we meet in Mesa!