23rd March, 2010

EECI 2010 San Francisco

Having recently been to the United States and fallen in love with much of what I saw, I’m itching to go back. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait very long, as the second EECI conference is just a couple of months away. For those of you that live in isolation and may have missed the 4,678 reasons to attend, here’s a mini-overview.

EECI2010 runs from the 31st May until the 2nd of June, and will once again be skilfully organised by my good friend Robert Eerhart of Whoooz!. I considered last year’s event in Leiden to be one of the best-organised, most comfortable and wholly rewarding conferences I have ever attended, and I expect EECI2010 will be even better.

Wear flowers in your hair

The conference will be held at the incredible Fort Mason Center, in San Francisco’s Bay Area. This is a stunning and well-equipped venue in a truly spectacular location.

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Figure 1: Fort Mason Center (foreground) and San Francisco.

We’ll be next to the water, in sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a hop away from San Francisco’s vibrant and colourful city life. I’ve seen footage of the rooms we’ll use, and it’s all rather special.

A veritable Who’s Who?

The list of speakers is like a Who’s Who? of the ExpressionEngine world, with many returning after a successful EECI2009 in the Netherlands. Expect great things from the likes of EllisLab‘s own Rick Ellis, Leslie Camacho, Derek Jones and Derek Allard; hot knowledge from add-on developers Leevi Graham and Brandon Kelly; plus star turns from Ryan Irelan and Mark Huot (Happy Cog), Greg Wood and Jamie Pittock (Erskine), Kenny Meyers, Lea Alcantara, Lodewijk Schutte, Travis Schmeisser (Structure); plus many others—and my good self.

Glorious sponsors

Heavyweight sponsors include EllisLab themselves, plus the likes of EngineHosting, Pixel & Tonic, Cart Throb, EE Coder, EE Insider, and my friends at Erskine Design.

Platinum sponsor Solspace are providing the CodeShare Corner; 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. Mine will already be empty.

Go on, you know you want to…

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to kick back with the great and the good at the biggest EE/CI event of the year. Bring yourself, bring your ideas, and bring an open mind. I’ll definitely be there, and when I’m not talking about channels and curly brackets with you lot, I intend to hire a bicycle and ride all over the Bay, getting a tan.

To register, head on over to EECI2010 and bathe in the possibilities. If you’re planning to be there, let me know.

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