Guess who’s back?
I’m headed to yet another Tech Field Day event! This time, I’ll be attending Network Field Day #2 in San Jose, CA on October 27th and 28th. I read about the first Network Field Day last year and learned a lot about the vendors and presentations from the delegates. Now, it’s up to me to provide that same kind of response for Net Field Day 2. The delegate list this time around is quite awe-inspiring for a guy like me:
|Kurt Bales||Network Janitor||@NetworkJanitor|
|Tony Bourke||The Data Center Overlords||@tbourke|
|Jeremy L. Gaddis||Evil Routers||@JLGaddis|
|Ivan Pepelnjak||Cisco IOS Hints and Tricks||@IOSHints|
|Mrs. Y.||Packet Pushers||@MrsYisWhy|
I am humbled to be included in such good company. The two Packet Pushers, Mr. MPLS himself, the man that beat IOU, the Aussie JNCIE/CCIE candiate, the walking security dictionary Brandon Carroll, and the Network Security Princess herself. I think my invitation must have gotten confused with someone else’s.
Odds are good that if you are involved in networking at all you already follow all of these people on Twitter and read their blogs daily. If not, stop what you are doing and follow them RIGHT NOW. You won’t be sorry. In fact, this is the first time I haven’t had to start following a Tech Field Day delegate on the list of attendees since I’ve been following these folks for quite a while.
Getting Inolved with Tech Field Day
Tech Field Day is always looking for amazing people to attend events and share in the wealth of knowledge. There are lots of ways you can add your voice to the gestalt:
1. Read the TFD FAQ and the Becoming a Field Day Delegate pages first and foremost. Indicate your desire to become a delegate. You can’t go if you don’t tell someone you want to be there. Filling out the delegate form submits a lot of pertinent information to Tech Field Day that helps in the selection process.
2. Realize that the selection process is voted upon by past delegates and has selection criteria. In order to be the best possible delegate for a Tech Field Day, you have to be an open-minded blogger willing to listen to the presentations and think about them critically. There’s no sense in bringing in delegates that will refuse to listen to a presentation from Brocade because all they’ve ever used is Arista and they won’t accept Brocade having good technology. If you want to learn more about all the products and vendors out in the IT ecosystem, TFD is the place for you.
3. Write about what you’ve learned. One of the hardest things for me after Tech Field Day was consolidating what I had learned into a series of blog posts. TFD is a fire hose of information, and there is little time to process it as it happens. Copious notes are a must. As is having the video feeds to look at later to remember what your notes meant. But it is important to get those notes down and put them up for everyone else to see. Because while your audience may have been watching the same video stream you were watching live, they may not have the same opinion of things. Tech Field Day isn’t just about fun and good times. Occasionally, the delegates must look at things with a critical eye and make sure they let everyone know where they stand.
Be sure to follow Tech Field Day on Twitter (@TechFieldDay) for information and updates about Network Field Day 2 as the date approaches. There will also be streaming video of the presentations at the Tech Field Day website. The videos will also be posted in their entirety shortly afterwards. If you want to follow along on Twitter, you can use the hastags #TechFieldDay or #NFD2 to make comments or ask questions during the presentations. I usually have a TweetDeck window open and will relay your questions along if no one else beats me to it. I try to tag all my posts with the #TechFieldDay and #NFD2 hashtags, so if I’m overwhelming you with commentary feel free to filter that hashtag from your feed to keep me quiet. In the past, I’ve tried to have an IRC channel open during the presentations to allow for real-time communications and feedback for those of you out there that prefer an alternative to Twitter. Once I have the room setup I will post the details.
Tech Field Day Sponsor Disclaimer
Tech Field Day is made possible by the sponsors. Each of the sponsors of the event is responsible for a portion of the travel and lodging costs. In addition, some sponsors are responsible for providing funding for the gatherings that occur after the events are finished for the day. However, the sponsors understand that their financing of Tech Field Day in no way guarantees them any consideration during the analysis and writing of reviews. That independence allows the delegates to give honest and direct opinions of the technology and the companies that present it.