TulsaTechFest 2006 Rocked – And there was an Irish Pub!

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The TulsaTechFest was an amazing event. Over 62 presenters, 119 hours of content, 20 simultaneous session to choose from, 1 day! Giovanni was there taking pictures; Carl Franklin and crew were there to record a DotNetRocks! episode (Ok, Richard Campbell was there with bells on… it’s not fair that he gets rolled in to “and crew” – but I like saying crew :); Shaun Walker was on hand (as well as a host of other members from the DNN core team) to discuss DotNetNuke, Ron Jacobs was there to discuss .NET Architectures, the food was excellent (Burgers and Fries, Subway, Pizza – all for free!). The guys from the Tulsa Developers group did an outstanding job raising sponsor support, organizing speakers, and keeping everything moving along smoothly. It was like Tulsa’s personal TechEd (only free, and you could actually find some of the amazing speakers and have 1:1 conversations with them… this was too cool!)


I liked Erik’s comment:

“This event was free but let me tell you that it sure didn’t seem like it. The content, speakers, and setup was as professional as any conference/training I’ve been to. The OSU-Tulsa classrooms, the main auditorium, free wi-fi, and lunch wa all great and all of the volunteers and sponsors were wonderful. All-in-all it was a great event and I plan on attending more like this in the future.” http://blog.eriklane.com/archive/2006/10/16/4013.aspx

I spoke at two sessions, Developing Next Generation Windows Applications (an Overview of .NET 3.0) and Creating Amazing Web Applications in an Insanely Short Amount of Time (an introduction to Atlas – now called Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX). Both sessions went well; I always enjoying talking to developer about practical ways to improve on the user experience. I heard Ron Jacobs compare UX to the “last mile” of design. Much in the same way that broad band connectivity has compares dial up to the expensive “last mile” – It’s relatively easy to connect cities with fiber optic and high speed pipes, but the critical piece has always been that last mile to the users. In application design the “last mile” is the space between the screen and the application user. Anyways, I thought that was a good comparison.


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, in that case here is a billion word description of the weekend.


Here are a couple of other highlights:

Like a lot of people, I’m looking forward to next year!



About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is an international speaker, author and 6 time Microsoft MVP award recipient, he currently works for Solera as a Director of Software Development. An entertaining and informative speaker who approaches software from a fresh perspective that spans UX, agile practices and technologies for enterprise customers from across the globe. Leading UX product design teams, coaching multi-team agile transformations and architecting and mentoring at some of the largest companies in the world, As a long time community leader and former Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Founder and Principal Mentor of Proaction Mentors, former UX Manager and Agile Coach, Senior Architect for Six Flags Corporation, Product Architect on a Cloud Marketing Platform, Caleb has made a career out of empowering others while building products and teams that delight customers and solve business needs. You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) or his blog, DevelopingUX.com and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email