#42 Conferences Are a Good Thing™

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017
We’re talking this week about conferences. Events, shows, gatherings, meet-ups… whatever you call them, they’re incredibly valuable to attend, both personally and professionally (if you do it right). This show has me talking about why these events are so great, the conferences I like to attend, and a tip (two actually) on how to get the most out of them.

Show Notes

We start with some sad[-ish] news… well sad for me. I haven’t been able to attend any conferences or shows so far this year and, with the possible exception of All Things Open in October, it’s not likely that I’m going to be able to attend any others later in the year. But my disappointment is a treat for you, dear listener! For now I get to extol the virtues of attending conferences and dig in to a few that I really like to attend.

In fact, here’s a quick list (roughly in the order I mention them in the show… also, I’ve put a star next to my favorites):

Also… I didn’t mention it in the show, but I actually really enjoy giving talks and workshops at conferences. In fact, if you’re reading this and you happen to be involved with organizing a conference, please give me a shout. I’d love to attend and speak at it.

But what about you? What events do you like to attend? Why do you attend them? What do you do when you’re there? Let me know in the comments section. I definitely want to know.


Jason van Gumster

Jason van Gumster

“I make stuff. I make stuff up. On occasion, I stuff-up what I make. I don’t do much stuff with make-up… though I’m not above trying. I work in all kinds of media: words, animation, ink, coffee, wood, video. And, of course, I’m really passionate about open source and open content, so that’s what I talk about in this show. Books I’ve written and other creative experiments I’ve made can be seen on monsterjavaguns.com.”