One of my favorite cities
San Francisco is quite an amazing place to visit. You feel the technology buzz literally. My dear friend Cindy Li helped Robert in picking out the event's location. It is right on the water front and has some of the best views San Francisco has to offer. The location (Fort Mason Center) is right in the Golden Gate National Park. Last year in Leiden all the rooms had a really special atmosphere and it looks like this location will offer that as well.
Let us get back to the event itself. A 3-day event with over 20 speakers and a broad range of topics going from creating add-ons for EE 2, CodeIgniter development, using PHP in your templates, and the one that I think will be of great interest; the talk by Ryan Irelan about moving from EE 1.6 to EE 2. Ryan is the guy behind those very helpful screencasts, the EE Help Chat, and from his new book "ExpressionEngine 2.0: A Quick-Start Guide". I personally learned a lot from these resources so I can highly recommend them. Another person that has created very helpful learning material is Michael Boyink of Train-ee. His stuff is always in my recommendations when people mail me about where to find EE learning resources. When I was in Leiden I missed the talk of Simon Collison because I was preparing my own.
Simon is the guy responsible for one the nicest designs this year. Very passioned about EE and from what I've heard quite funny to listen to as well. Simon's talk will be about Subconscious Design.
Most of the big shots of add-on development will there as well, Leevi Graham, Brandon Kelly, Mark Huot (Happy Cog), Greg Wood and Jamie Pittock (Erskine), Kenny Meyers, Lodewijk Schutte (owns a house boat that I like to feature in my Modern Home Design section), and Travis Schmeisser (Structure). I've met most of them and there is a lot to absorb from these guys.
Another great reason to attend is that almost the entire EllisLab crew will be there. One of the reasons why I use ExpressionEngine is the passion that these folks have and that translates into their products. I'm not saying this because they are clients, this one comes right from the heart. These kind of events are always a cool way to put a face to the people who helped you in the past. I've had many great conversations with 'Canadian' Derek and his wife in Leiden. Even Rick Ellis, the Owner and Chief Entrepreneur of EllisLab will come out of hiding :) EngineHosting's CTO Nevin Lyne will be there along with Senior Manager Laurie Ruggles. I have to agree with what Leslie Camacho said about Nevin.
If you weren’t already aware, Nevin is to servers as Joe Satriani is to guitars. Yes, he’s that good.
Nevin played a very big role when I launched this new design. He is the guy behind the scenes making things run smooth and fast. This site is already part of what Nevin will reveal at EECI. I will touch on that subject in a later post. There will also be a “CodeShare Corner” sponsored by Solspace that sounds interesting.
Amidst the throng of activity at EECI2010 San Francisco, the Code Share Corner (CSC) will be an oasis of calm and enlightenment for exhibitors and attendees to exchange code and ideas, connect with others, and discuss business.
This will be a comfortable lounge where you can sit and relax, grab a cup of coffee, and empty your mind.
Personally I like the idea of a place where you can find some peace and mind. These events can be quite exhausting you know. When you have a place where you can sit down and talk makes all the difference. Several people out there are looking for an e-commerce solution for ExpressionEngine. If you are one of them you can get to know the guys behind Cartthrob, a new e-commerce solution for EE. Ryan Irelan reviewed it on EE-Insider. There are many more fine people speaking, too much to mention them all here. Just go look at the speakers page. If you need more convincing go look at the EllisLab top 10 reasons.
The most important reason why I use ExpressionEngine is its flexibility. The system doesn't dictate me how to use it so I don't have to adapt my designs around it and I don't need to learn PHP to let it do what I want. Another very big reason is the great community. All passioned people not afraid to help. This blog wouldn't be what it is without the help of some of those fine folks.
35% discount for my readers
If you like to go I've got good news for you. I managed to get a sweet discount of 35% off on the Conference or the Conference + MasterClasses. All you need to do is use this discount code on checkout: duoh. Register today.
If you can't make it like me
If you can't make it to EECI2010, you can get EECI-in-a-box. Last Friday they announced the Conference DVD* (*included for attendees) that will contain 19 sessions, interviews and lots of bonus stuff to watch when it suits you. The DVD will be shipped within three weeks after the conference and costs $99 + shipping. You can order that here.