Last minute BriForum details

BriForum 2009 Chicago starts tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Chicago Hilton South. Gabe and I flew in to Chicago on Friday, and we’ve already run into several attendees and presenters in the hotel.

BriForum 2009 Chicago starts tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Chicago Hilton South. Gabe and I flew in to Chicago on Friday, and we’ve already run into several attendees and presenters in the hotel. By tonight I think we’ll have pretty much taken over the hotel.

For those who are attending BriForum

Badge pick-up begins at 7:30 Tuesday morning at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. The opening keynote starts at 9:00, and the technical breakout sessions start at 10:00.

We have a private group on BrianMadden.com for BriForum 2009 attendees. On the group page, we have the attendee blogs, discussions, meetup instructions, etc. The attendee group page can be accessed several ways:

  • Via the “your groups” box on the home page of BrianMadden.com in the box above the BMTV screen image (you must be logged in and a member of at least one group to see this box)
  • Via the “my content –> my groups” menu item (only available when logged in)
  • Directly via the URL https://www.brianmadden.com/videos/BriForum-Videos-and-Stories (if you get a page error that means you’re not in the group)

If you don’t see the group listed, this means you’re not yet in the group. I’ll be running the registration list through the group add script later this morning. If you don’t have access by noon today, email me with your login name or the email address you used when you signed up for BrianMadden.com. (And if that’s a different email address than you used to register on BriForum.com, let me know.)

For those who are not attending BriForum

All I can say is, “Wow! What a great show this year!” I know a lot of people can’t come due to travel restrictions and taking a week out of the office is not possible for everyone, so I’ll do my best to share what I can as it’s happening. If this year’s BriForum is anything like the past six, I’ll probably be really busy during the show, but I’ll be taking notes and learning all that I can which I’ll be able to write about over the next few months.

I will be twittering any cool stuff I hear via my @brianmadden twitter account. (There’s also a @briforum twitter account for BriForum-specific and logistical stuff.) We’ll be recording all 70 hours of breakout session content, as well as short DEMOs of all 27 vendors in the DEMO lab. The DEMO lab stuff will be posted next week, but the session videos will take a few weeks to encode and process. (We tried to encode live last year, but that failed spectacularly and caused a multi-month delay in the videos.) As with previous years, videos will be available online for free for attendees and for sale for non-attendees.

Keep an eye out for several announcements from the vendors here at BriForum this week. Again, I’ll try to share as much as I can via BrianMadden.com this week, but I might not be writing too much until next week.

Oh, in the meantime, check out our BriForum 2009 Chicago photoset on Flickr.

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Thanks Brian.  I won't be arriving until Tuesday afternoon, as I've had a long standing meeting in GA that I'm attending tomorrow morning.  See you and hopefully lots of other friendly faces tomorrow.


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