Wouldn’t you know it? I’m headed back for round two of Wireless Field Day. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the first assemblage of the preeminent wireless minds in the industry today. Now it appears an encore is in order. January 25th through the 27th I’ll be joining some August company for 3 days of immersion in the hottest technology driving business and personal computing today:
|Jennifer Huber||Wireless CCIE, here I come!||@JenniferLucille|
|Blake Krone||Digital Lifestyle||@BlakeKrone|
|Chris Lyttle||WiFi Kiwi’s Blog||@WiFiKiwi|
|Andrew vonNagy||Revolution Wi-Fi||@RevolutionWiFi|
Not bad, eh? These people represent the brightest minds in wireless networking and having so many back from the first Wireless Field Day makes this event a very good opportunity for me to interact and learn from the best. Of course, I’ll be sure to pass my learning on to each and every one of you with a multitude of blog posts and discussion at the event.
Getting Involved with Tech Field Day
With this being my fourth Tech Field Day event, I’ve had a lot of experience with the people around Tech Field Day. They are always looking for thought leaders to join in the fun and impart knowledge while they absorb a large amount of knowledge from the best and brightest in the industry. There are a couple of ways for you to get involved:
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 Meru because all they’ve ever used is Aruba and they won’t accept Meru 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 the Tech Field Day account on Twitter (@TechFieldDay) for information and updates about Wireless Field Day 2 as the date gets closer. There will also be live streaming video of each presentation on-site, and the videos will be uploaded shortly after the presentation. If you want to participate in the fun, you can use the Twitter hashtags #TechFieldDay or #WFD2 to make comments or ask questions during the presentations. I will have a Twitter client open during the presentations and will be happy to relay your questions or comments to the presenters and delegates (if no one else beats me to it, that is). I’m going to tag all my event-related tweets with those hashtags, so if you are being overwhelmed with the volume coming from the event, feel free to filter those tags or unfollow me for the duration of the event. There’s usually so much to talk about that I get carried away sometimes, so I won’t see it as an affront, I promise.
Tech Field Day Sponsor Disclaimer
Tech Field Day is made possible first and foremost by the sponsors. Each of them is responsible for a portion of the travel and lodging costs. In addition, the sponsors also chip in to pay for the after-event gatherings each day. However, the sponsors also understand that their underwriting of Tech Field Day in no way guarantees them any consideration during the analysis and writing of any blog posts or reviews. That independence allows the delegates to give honest and direct feedback and opinions of the technology and the companies that present it.