The third annual St. Louis Day of .NET was held Friday, August 19th through Sunday, August 20th at the Ameristar Casino & Resort in St. Charles, Missouri. By all accounts, it was the biggest, most successful year yet for the conference. I thought I would share some of the numbers and what I felt to be this year’s highlights.
· Registration cost: $200 ($125 early bird)
· Attendees: 684
· Speakers: 57
· Sessions: 111 , 3000+ evals collected
Great attendance. In three years the conference has grown from 250 to 680 attendees and grew 37% from last year’s 500 attendee count. And the organizers still feel there is room for more growth next year. Wow!
High caliber speakers. This year featured the best speaking talent to date, including MVPs, book authors, industry experts, and user group leaders. As awareness of the event has grown, speakers have been attracted from way beyond our borders (Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and California). This practically guaranteed us a great mix of sessions to choose from this year.
Breadth of sessions/technologies covered. The breadth of technologies covered was simply staggering. We had over 100 sessions broken up into 30 categories offering attendees a tremendous amount of variety of world class education.
Product Team Keynote. Brian Goldfarb and David Pugmire from the Silverlight team were our headliners. This was the first time the conference featured a keynote and getting a product team to fly out and deliver was a special privilege for us here St. Louis.
Fantastic venue facilities. A large portion of the conference budget was dedicated to securing top notch facilities. The Ameristar convention center was a first class conference venue and provided all the amenities in one package. Attendees were provided with wireless access and were treated to breakfast and lunch both days.
Charity book fair. Presenters and attendees were encouraged to bring old technical books to donate to the conference’s charity book fair. All books were sold for $3 each. Proceeds topped $315, which were donated to the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Conference help desk. With a conference this size, adding a central help desk near the entrance proved to be a great customer satisfaction booster. An organizer was always present with up to date information and provide general concierge services.
Social Media Links
You can see the action as it unfolded through social media from these streams:
Slides From My Presentations
Thanks to everyone who turned out for my sessions. Here are my slides: