I just got back from the planning committee meeting for SharePoint Saturday in San Antonio (coming November 14th, mark your calendars!). Wow, is this going to be a great event!
This will be the first major SharePoint event after the the big unveiling of SharePoint 2010 at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas October 19-22, so it will be no-holds-barred on SharePoint 2010, as the NDA wraps will be off and the speakers will be able to speak freely. One major difference between the SharePoint Conference and SharePoint Saturday San Antonio is you won’t have to shell out $1,200 to attend SharePoint Saturday San Antonio – its FREE!
The current plans are for four tracks of speakers, with five sessions each, for a total of 20 speakers. We already have 12 speakers confirmed, and another five look to be confirmed soon. That only leaves three speaking slots left (If you want to speak as SharePoint Saturday San Antonio, get one now before they are gone!). What happens if we fill those?
Well, there are three possibilities:
- First option is to cap it at 20 speakers. Once the slots are full, that will be it.
- Second option is to set up a fifth track and make it 25 speakers.
- Third option is to make the fifth track an un-conference, where the speakers and schedule are not determined until the day of the conference, based on attendee feedback. This format was used by the recent ProductCamp in Austin and the TweetCamp in San Antonio.
Which option is chosen will be influenced by the number and quality of additional speakers that offer to speak.
There are still a few sponsorship opportunities left, and we’re talking to several companies to fill those last few slots.
The schedule is going to look something like this:
- 8:00 – Staff and sponsors set up
- 8:30 – Registration opens, breakfast is served
- 9:00 – Keynote
- 10:00 – 1st Session
- 11:00 – 2nd Session
- 12:00 – Lunch break
- 12:30 – 3rd Session
- 1:30 – 4th Session
- 2:30 – 5th Session
- 3:30 – Wrap-up and door prizes
- 4:00 – “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here”, everyone will probably head to a SharePint event on the San Antonio Riverwalk.
And this week we’re going to start tanatlizing you with the names of the scheduled speakers, and perhaps some hints of what they are going to speak about. Stay tuned to the Official Twitter Feed of SharePoint Saturday San Antonio for details.