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StackOverflow DevDays: Five New Cities

by Joel Spolsky
Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Whoa. Less than a month ago, we announced first Stack Overflow DevDays and opened registration to 300 people in each of five cities.

Well, that sold out pretty quickly. Ryan Carson, who is taking care of all the conference logistics, was pretty sure we’d be able to book larger event spaces, so we allowed even more people to register... we’ve got 2388 people booked worldwide so far, including over 800 in London, but it’s clear that with just five events we weren’t going to be able to accomodate all the people who want to spend a day meeting online Stack Overflow friends in real life and learning a little something about some hot new programming topics.

So, we decided to take the show to five more cities. Here’s the new schedule—click on a city to register:

Oct 07 Boston NEW!
Oct 14 Austin NEW!
Oct 16 Los Angeles NEW!
Oct 19 San Francisco
Oct 21 Seattle
Oct 23 Toronto
Oct 26 Washington DC
Oct 28 London
Oct 30 Cambridge, UK NEW!
Nov 02 Amsterdam NEW!

Tickets are $99 in the US, €84.75 in Amsterdam and £85.00 in the UK. A limited number of very cheap student tickets are available. If you already booked but want to change cities, email devdays@stackoverflow.com.

In the meantime, I’ve been working hard lining up speakers. I’ll be speaking myself in all ten cities, as this will be the launch event for FogBugz 7 and a new product now under development by the Fog Creek summer interns, who just arrived and are already coding away earnestly. Jeff Atwood will be speaking in San Francisco. Scott Hanselman will be speaking in San Francisco and Seattle. Jon Skeet will be speaking in London. The basic agenda should, more or less, include: Android, Python, Google App Engine, iPhone development, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, FogBugz, Mercurial and DVCS, and a different speaker from academia in each city. There will be lunch, two breaks, and we’ll organize some kind of birds-of-a-feather post-conference meetups.

Anyway, at the current rate, it’s pretty clear these conferences will sell out long before the events themselves, so don’t wait until the last minute to decide.


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