May 19, 2007

STAR East 2007 Conferred

Posted by Ben Simo

I am sitting in the airport waiting to fly home from STAR-East. The conference was great. It was not great due to the many wonderful presentations. It was great because of what happened outside the scheduled activities. I got to confer with colleagues from around the world.

The best part of conferences such as STAR-East is the opportunity to confer with peers and thought leaders in our industry. It is an opportunity to discover that we are experiencing common problems and share possible solutions. It is an opportunity to learn from the best. I often learn more over dinner and in the hallways than I learn in the presentations.

I was amazed at how quickly the conference attendees disappeared once the scheduled activities were completed. I know that many of us computer geeks are introverts. We may not be the most social bunch of people, but I believe a conference without conferring is a wasted opportunity.

See y'all at CAST.