The confirmations are starting to flow in, and I’m getting quite the nice lineup of shows to speak at for the new calendar year; the complete list is a bit long to list here (and it’ll change as the year progresses, to be sure), but so far I’ve got a nice mix of different kinds of shows:
- Voxxed Days: These are smaller, newer events in cities that are new to the Devoxx conference circuit. I’m scheduled to do Berlin at the end of this moonth, and Vienna at the end of next. I’m looking forward to both, and seeing what the new Voxxed Days format holds, as well as seeing those two cities for the first time. THis should be a fun time to reconnect with some of my JVM-hosted peeps in a smaller, more intimate (meaning not quite so large-scale and sometimes soulless) setting. As a matter of fact, the Voxxed Days profile systems asked me “What should attendees come talk to you about?”, and I decided on a new thing: “I’ll buy you a beer if you’ve heard of a programming language I haven’t written code in.” (I may make that a standing bet at all conferences—we’ll see how this one works out. No sense in keeping it up if I go broke doing it!)
- VSLive: VSLive! is always a good .NET-centric show space, and it’s always filled with speakers that I not only enjoy being friends with, but also greatly admire and respect. I’m also loving that they’re stretching out to more cities than the two traditional “destination” cities (Vegas and Orlando); as of right now, I’m confirmed for Vegas and Austin.
- O’Reilly’s Software Architecture: Never done this one before, but it’s got Neal Ford and Mark Richards, two of my dearest friends in the world, speaking, so if nothing else, it’ll be fun catching up with them and maybe toppling a few bottles of Scotch to boot. Oh, and I’m running the Architectural Katas there, too, which is always a good thing.
THere’s a few more in the works, and as they solidify and confirm, I’ll be keeping the events feed up-to-date. (For example, Devoxx Poland is usually high on my list of speaking priorities, so you can probably expect me there again. I hope!) But for now, it’s already looking like it’s going to be a pretty fun 2016.