Last year, I was invited to speak at the Philadelphia Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise conference. I learned about the confernece through one of the organizers (and fellow devchix member), Andrea Wright. Much like CodeMash, Philly ETE attracts a mostly regional audience. A company in Philadelphia, Chariot Solutions, organizes the event, and they do an amazing job. I'm thrilled to be speaking there again this year. I'll present my talk "Practical Scala" on Thursday March 26 at 4 pm. I'm looking forward to several talks, including "Exhibitionism in Software Development", "Under the Covers of the AppEngine Datastore","Legally Agile", "The Future is Clearly Cloudy", "Diets Don't Work: Getting Sustainable Results with Scrum". I expect to be using the Open Spaces mentality (moving between talks) because there are several running simultaneously that I'm interested in. AND … all of the keynotes look amazing, especially Andy Hunt's (need I say more than his name?) and another by Jascha Franklin Hodge, the CTO of Blue State Digital, the company who built the Obama technology platform will talk about how they did it.
I'm disappointed that I'll miss David Chelimsky's RSpec talk (coincides with mine). I met David at the conference last year – he's a great speaker – and I'm really impressed with RSpec. And I'll miss my friend James Ward's talk on RIA with Flex, since I'm heading home on Friday mid-day so that I can spend the evening with my family.
If you're in Philadelphia this week, I hope that you're able to attend the conference! (And if you're in Chicago, I hope that you're at PyCon … it's unfortunate that these two conferences overlapped this year!)