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Lianja App Builder



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Geek Gatherings LLC is putting on two conferences simultaneously this October in Phoenix. Attendees may attend sessions in both conferences for the price of one! The two conferences will be held in the same conference center, share meals, and exhibitor space.

Registration for the conference starts May 18 with a new online registration Web site.

The main conference is Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21, 2012. Pre-conference sessions are available on Thursday, October 18 and post-conference sessions are on Sunday, October 21.

Register before July 1, 2012 for a $125 super-saver discount, one free half-day pre-conference or post-conference session, and eligibility for drawings of the following:

  • three $150 scholarships (Southwest Fox only)
  • a license of Stonefield Query SDK (a $6,000 value; both conferences eligible)
  • for those registering before June 21, a tablet: iPad 2 with 16GB of memory (value of $399), Kindle Fire (value of $199), or Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (value of $399) (winner gets to pick; both conferences eligible)

Register before September 1, 2012 for a $50 early-bird discount.

General information:


Main Conference Pricing

Super-saver price (before July 1, 2012): $670
Early-bird price (before September 1): $745
Regular price (September 1 and later): $795

Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Pricing

Super-saver price (before July 1, 2012): First one free! Second one is $99
Regular price (July 1 and later): $99 per session

What's Included

  • Entrance to the keynote on Thursday evening.
  • Entrance to all conference sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Entrance to any bonus sessions offered in the evening.
  • Lunch Friday and Saturday.
  • Dinner Friday night.
  • Southwest Fox: Access to all white papers (required for each session)**, examples, and slides provided by the speakers. These will be available on our FTP site before the conference starts so you can read in advance, print out, and bring to the conference if you wish.
  • Southwest Xbase++: Access to all slides and examples provided by the speakers**. These will be available on our FTP site before the conference starts so you can read in advance, print out, and bring to the conference if you wish.
  • Access to the vendors area where vendors will be selling tools, products, and services.
  • Southwest Fox only: a FREE COPY of Lianja App Builder Standard Edition, valued at $395, courtesy of Lianja Inc. Build data-centric Apps on Windows, Mac or Linux using your Visual FoxPro, Python, PHP or JavaScript expertise and then deploy on the Desktop, Web and Mobile.

  • Lots of time to network with other developers.
  • Conference booklet (PDF format).
  • Conference t-shirt (if you register before we order them on September 21)
  • Conference bag with materials.
  • Lots of networking opportunities with the presenters and other conference attendees.

**At best you can attend just over half of the sessions. This is why it is so important that each speaker provides materials for their sessions. You can read the materials for sessions you cannot see in person and even contact the speaker with questions after the conference, or during the conference if you wish. Our speakers are some of the best in the world and are very open to discussing their topics anytime during the conference.

Our session schedule will be available in mid-September. Sessions will run in five or six rooms during a given time slot. You have the sometimes difficult job of picking which session you want during each time slot. We will also have the KOKOPELLI application available in mid-September which does a pretty good job of helping you pick sessions you are most interested in and suggests a schedule that best fits your choices.


Optionally you can attend pre-conference sessions in the morning and afternoon Thursday (lunch is included if you sign up for two sessions) or post-conference sessions Sunday afternoon. These are $99 each; the first one is free if you register before July 1, 2012.

Cancellation Policy

A 15% cancellation fee will be charged on all credit card registrations. A refund of the full registration fee, other than the cancellation fee, will be made if cancelled is in writing prior to September 1, 2012. No refunds for cancellations received September 1, 2012 or later, but registration may be transferred to another person or applied to the next Geek Gatherings conference, if one is held by Geek Gatherings.

Other Costs to Budget

  • Parking at your home airport if you do not take a taxi or get a ride from someone else.
  • Travel to and from Phoenix (typically airfare unless you live within driving distance).
  • Travel from the Phoenix airport to the conference hotel and return to the airport.
  • Hotel room.
  • Other meals not noted (depending on registrations we may offer breakfast as we have in past years).
  • Bar bill: people who attend the conference like to extend their day talking about software development and catching up with friends.

User Group Discount

Geek Gatherings is offering a unique discount to user groups. Please see the User Groups page for details.

Southwest Fox Scholarships

Do you want to get some of your conference fee covered by Southwest Fox platinum sponsors White Light Computing and Tomorrow's Solutions? See the Scholarship page for details.

Conference Attendance Justification Help Offer

Is your boss giving you a hard time about attending a conference? Let us know. Rick Schummer is willing to talk to or email each and every one of them to help you get the okay to head to any software conference. He is totally serious. Rick has fought numerous times with former bosses to get himself to a conference as well as teammates. He has a way of getting them to see the light!