I'm happy to announce the details of our BriForum 2014 conferences. (BriForum is like the "live" version of BrianMadden.com, our independent technical conference covering desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and the consumerization of IT.) As for the important dates and locations:
Last week Gabe announced our "call for papers" where we invite everyone to submit their proposals to present technical breakout sessions at one (or both) of this year's BriForum conferences. As always, if we accept your session and invite you to speak, we'll pay for your airfare, hotel, and admission to the conference.
BriForum 2014 London: Same venue as last year
For London, we'll hold BriForum at the ETC Venues location near St. Paul's—the same place as last year. I thought the venue was great (both in terms of the room layout and location within the city), so I'm happy that we'll be back there. We're also going to have two days of sessions across three breakout rooms.
Registration for BriForum 2014 London is open now. Alumni attendees (those who have attended BriForum within the past three years) can register now for £625. Others may register at our early-bird rate of £800 through Feb 28. (We also have special rates for government, public sector, etc. Check the BriForum registration page for details.)
As we've done in past years, we'll video record all the breakout sessions, and attendees of either BriForum this year will get access to the videos of the sessions from both BriForums. In other words if you attend BriForum 2014 London, you'll get access to all the London videos a few weeks after the show, then you'll also get access to all the US videos after that BriForum a few months later. (Getting access to the videos is something just for attendees. They're not released to the public until the end of the year.)
BriForum 2014 US: Moving from Chicago to Boston
After seven years in Chicago, we made the big decision to move the US BriForum to Boston. There were several reasons for this, but the main one is that I just didn't love any of the venues in Chicago. Most recently we've been having BriForum at the McCormick Place convention center. The venue is fine enough, but it's a few miles outside of the cool downtown area of Chicago. It was annoying to have to take cabs to get anywhere cool, and we had to deal with busses for the speaker dinner and party and everything. The venues that were downtown had their own issues. (Remember that awful hotel a few years ago? The location was cool, but we were in a basement with no cell service, we had low ceilings, and everything was crowded.) Then there was the Navy Pier which was super awesome but a 1.5 mile walk from the hotel... Or the Gleacher center which was downtown and near the hotel but the breakout sessions were scattered across three floors and we could only allow 300 attendees.
So Boston should be a lot better! The venue is the Seaport Boston Hotel which is right on the Boston Inner Harbor and one stop from the airport (via something called the "Silver Line" which despite the name, is actually a bus).
Registration for BriForum 2014 Boston is also open now. There's an alumni rate of $995 through the end of February, and the super early bird price of $1.295 for others. (Again we have government rates, VIP packages, etc., so check out the registration page for details.)
Adding a 5th breakout room for beginner sessions
Another big change we're making for BriForum 2014 Boston is that we're adding another breakout room so we'll have five sessions going on at once instead of just four. The reason we're doing this is so that we can add beginner and introductory content without taking away from the overall advanced technical content that we have.
This is something we wanted to do for awhile, especially as we're seeing more new people come into the end user computing space. We've been doing BriForum for ten years, so a lot of times I think about things like, "Introduction to VDI? Hasn't everyone seen that already?" Well, no, actually... they haven't. So those are the types of sessions that we'll be doing in our fifth room.
Of course I don't know exactly what sessions we'll have since our call for papers process is open now, but I'm hoping to get sessions like on the basics of comparing hypervisors, an introduction to VDI, an introduction to EMM, etc.
One more thing...
Oh, and since it's our tenth year, we're having a Comedy Central-style roast! (Roastmaster Gabe will post more details soon, in the meantime feel free to start thinking up your insults!)
Overall I'm really excited about our BriForums this year. We're making a lot of little changes going into this year. (Seriously, can you believe it's been ten years?) We've had (I think) 14 BriForums so far, so we'll see BriForums 15 and 16 this year, and I'm truly just as excited as I was when we did the first one in the AFI Silver Theater in Washington, DC. I hope to see you all in London and Boston!