"You are an industry thought leader." Ehm, did you pick the right guy?

By Renegade on Friday 23 October 2009 16:42 - Comments (5)
Categories: General, Gestatl IT, Views: 5.296

The title of this post was my first thought when I received the invitation to join the Gestalt IT Tech Field Day.

To start off from the beginning, I'm a regular reader over at Gestalt IT. "So what is Gestalt IT" you may wonder now. Well, on their website you will find the following:
We are collecting the best analysis and commentary from leaders in the fields of virtualization, networking, storage, and desktop engineering.

...

We work with independent experts, bloggers, and writers to generate content focused on IT infrastructure topics. Many of our articles and posts are syndicated from the blogs of their authors, meaning that they select their best and most relevant work and transmit it to us using an RSS feed, just like Google Reader and other feed readers use. Posts are then formatted and edited for publication here.
So, you could call it an agregate of posts that are collected and submitted by people who know their stuff in things IT.

So, I read that they were organizing something called a "Tech Field Day", which is basically an event where they invite bloggers from all over the place to come to San Francisco and see and test new products by various vendors. You can use the stuff they introduce, punch holes in their product and exchange ideas and opinions.

The big difference to a regular conference? It's not sponsored by a big company. The main point is not profit. The people there are free to say what they want and can write about the things that they find interesting.

So, after reading about it I asked the initiator of this Idea, Stephen Foskett, when we would be seeing something similar in Europe. Shorlty after I received a short tweet from him with the question if I would consider attending.

Now, having the quote from the field day website in mind, namely:
The following industry thought leaders have tentatively agreed to attend
I was pretty confident he just sent his tweet out to the wrong person. But actually he did mean to talk to me. Can you imagine that? 8)7

Anyway, after confirming that I would be more than happy to attend I am now on the list as it appears and will probably be in San Jose, CA on the 12th and 13th of November and you can expect some blog posts about what I will see there and if we have some WiFi going on you will also see some tweets.

We will be seeing products introduced by:And the event is sponsored by some other companies who won't be presenting but will for example help in hosting part of the event:I'm looking forward to it, because instead of spending some time with myself, I will actually be able to talk to some genuinely smart folks there and be able to exchange ideas and opinions.

Volgende: Prepare to zjoin ze gestalt...! Or GestaltIT tech field day preparation. 11-'09 Prepare to zjoin ze gestalt...! Or GestaltIT tech field day preparation.
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Comments


By Tweakers user Thijs_O, Friday 23 October 2009 16:58

Congratulations. :)

The opportunity to attend a conference related to your line of work is one to embrace with both hands, I'd say. I do have to ask though: was it just the invitation to attend the event that excites you, or do they actually pay your flight, stay etcetera as well? ;)

By Tweakers user Renegade, Friday 23 October 2009 17:02

Thanks!

Each sponsor pays a relatively small fee since there is no intention on making a profit. The fees will be used to pay for the hotel and tickets of the people who will come and to set up some things like food and such. So yes, that is a great deal.

On the other hand, I'm taking some days off from work since it's not related to my work directly, but to the blogging and tweeting I do in my spare/free time which covers a much broader base than my 'regular job' requires me to do. :)

But either way I'm pretty psyched. ;)

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By PaddoSwam, Friday 23 October 2009 19:48

28 queries. 1.720 seconds.
Performance is pretty bad on that wordpress server, the site looks like it's not really worth taking a look at, and the blog post seemed a little advertisement only value to me.
The big difference to a regular conference? It's not sponsored by a big company. The main point is not profit. The people there are free to say what they want and can write about the things that they find interesting.
That's pure profit for companies producing the things review if it's good, or other companies thinking about beating the products reviewed based on con's.

By Stephen Foskett, Saturday 24 October 2009 15:24

Paddo has it right. The profit is in the publicity the companies stand to get. But there's also profit for the attendees: They get hands-on time with cool tech, they get contacts in the companies, and they get to be part of a community of thought leaders (and Bas! :) ).

It's a win-win!

By Tweakers user Cruz, Sunday 25 October 2009 11:59

At twitter:
Yes, @BasRaayman, you are an industry thought leader! Renegade's technical diatribe...

It's confirmed :D

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