I was just reminded today that PalmSource Mobile Summit & DevCon is coming up quickly — just 14 days from today (May 24-26th in San Jose, CA). I'll be attending once again, acting mainly as a member of the Palm OS User Council, but as a regular ol' Palm user too.
Over the years I've learned that while the event itself is good for information and comes with numerous, unavoidable, sugar-coated techno-PR spiels, the real value of DevCon are the networking opportunities which generally happen in the off-hours.
I've met many great folks through my several years attending DevCon: fellow Palm OS User Council members, developers like Bryan and George at Natara, and PalmSource folks like Michael Mace, and Chris Dunphy, to name but a few.
I'll be writing a travelogue of my DevCon experience, similar to the series featured here in 2003 and 2004. I enjoy journaling travel experiences and it would seem that my loyal readers enjoy them as well. I'll try to sneak a few more pictures into the blog posts this year, as I'll have the Zire 72 along for the ride.
If you're attending the DevCon this year, please get in touch with me, I'd love to meet over a coffee — I'm sure a shot of espresso and a bit of good chat can be wedged in somewhere or another. As far I know, I'm attending several 'sponsored' dinner gatherings in the evening but lunch breaks and other times are still open. Drop me a line with the subject DevCon, if you're interested in setting up a coffee.
I'm sure this year ought to be interesting. I'm looking forward to checking out the rumored palmOne LifeDrive device, and hopefully more details about Palm OS on Linux. PalmSource has a new blog this year, and blogging will be encouraged at the event (WiFi will be rampant). As I learn more about other people's DevCon blogs, I'll share the details here.
Still, even with the fun technical stuff to be experienced, I'm most fired up about seeing many good friends. It's going to be great to see the old crew again, and to meet new people. I can't wait!
I hope to see you there in 2 weeks!