• Subject: RE: Common vs IBM's tech conf
  • From: Krys Theodore <ktheodore@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 09:38:14 -0600
  • Organization: Marks Bros. Jewelers, Inc.

Okay, I've never heard of this one.

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From:   Chuck Lewis[SMTP:CLEWIS@IQUEST.NET]
Reply To:       MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Sent:   Tuesday, March 02, 1999 9:04 PM
To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject:        Re: Common vs IBM's tech conf

Hey !

And while we're on this - how about the Education Conncetion conferences ? !

Gonna be back at Maro Island Jon ?

Chuck

Jon.Paris@halinfo.it wrote:

> Speaking as a speaker (the only capacity in which I get to attend anything)
> I tend to think of the differences between the IBM conference and COMMON
> this way.  I leave it to the reader to decide which is pro and which is con
> as this varies according to your taste.
>
> COMMON:
>
> Very large number of sessions on a wide variety of topics - sometimes tough
> to chose the good ones and the sessions are too short to have time to find
> another if you make a bad selection.
>
> Lower cost (no meals included).
>
> Sessions are 1 hour (as a speaker I find this too restrictive - but they
> are trying some longer sessions)
>
> Theater style seating (no desks)
>
> Lots of Labs, but hard to get into the good ones.  Limited to zero access
> outside of fixed Lab times.
>
> COMMON is much bigger with a better expo (3,000 - 5,000 people) terrific
> networking opportunities but some people find it intimidating.
>
> IBM Tech Conference.
>
> Much smaller scale (900 - 1,200 people)
>
> Meals (breakfast and lunch plus one dinner and one reception) included -
> attendees eating together plus smaller size makes for a more intimate
> experience.  Lunch in particular provides a good networking opportunity.
>
> Sessions are 1.5 hours - more time for questions and to explore topics the
> audience find tough/interesting
>
> Lecture style seating (desks)
>
> Fewer Labs but repeated often enough that you can always get a seat.  Lab
> rooms are open out of hours for further practice.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
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