Yesterday I was on a flight a day early to Sourcecon Spring 2016 in Orlando and realized I never wrote about Sourcecon Fall 2015 in Dallas. Before I recap Dallas I am going to give some advice to those who are attending Sourcecon for the first time including a number of friends and colleagues from Minnesota.
DO NOT sit next to your coworkers… you see them every day. Sit next to, have dinner with and go to Happy Hour with people you do not know
DO follow along with #Sourcecon on Twitter
JOIN the Sourcecon Group On Facebook
DO say hey to those LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram friends you have not met in real life
DO NOT do the day job while at the event. You or your company spent a lot of $$$... soak it all in
DO have conversations like, “This is what I am doing to find (fill in the blank) how do you do it?” Peer sharing is easy at this event
DO ask “that question” during a session you are dying to ask but are too afraid to
DO have a good time
DO NOT have too a good a time :)
DO drink lots of water and have some ibuprofren handy. Not for the hangover but to keep your mind in the game
Last one… stay in touch with those you meet. Connect on LinkedIn, follow on Twitter and find on Instagram.
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And if you are going to Orlando, I am already poolside through the afternoon and evening… I’ll be the guy alternating between taking a nap in a lounge chair and sourcing VP Engineers and CTO’s.
Stop by and say hello.
OK now to recap the Sourcecon Dallas 2015 event…
Like this trip I was able to get to Dallas early. I stayed with friends and experienced some Texas BBQ, caught a couple sunsets and attended a couple of tech user groups getting some recruiting in for When I Work. We will hire remote engineers.
I made my way to the hotel Wednesday afternoon and some of us gathered in the bar where after nearly a decade of following each other and numerous phone calls… I finally met Steve Levy:
Then off to a Happy Hour organized by some of our Dallas colleagues:
Also very good to see my Minnesota native now Dallas living friend Krista Cavanaugh-Szlaius:
Thursday morning started with me catching up with my ERE event organizing friends. I had not seen them since they were in Minneapolis at an event I helped put on at Best Buy HQ’s in 2010.
And I finally met Jeremy Roberts who is the ring leader of the Sourcecon event… how did we not get a photo???
I then made sure to find a table with a power strip so I could stay charged up during the sessions #Nerds:
This is how the room looked as we got started and yes… this is a big event:
I only took a few photos during the sessions of the speakers as I was busy taking notes. I did get this of the opening panel and then Shannon Pritchett:
I have 40+ photos that look like this:
At the end of Day 1 there was a reception and then Happy Hour at The House of Blues. I have a few photos but will keep those to myself :)
Then back to the hotel for a late night nerd session with folks who were eager to learn a little more. Yes we were getting our learn on at midnight:
Friday morning was some cool small group learning:
A couple of more sessions and then Dean Da Costa kicked our butt with all of his extensions he has:
Some more photos with friends:
And one more:
Then back to Minneapolis:
And home to rest my weary brain:
So that’s a Sourcecon… my first.
I got out if what I had hoped to and now at my second know a bit better what to expect. If you are a newbie and are looking for someone to sit with during session I gladly save a seat for you.
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