There are many technical conferences throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes region. Some are very technical like the West Michigan .NET University event that recently happened in Grand Rapids. Some are not so technical and are even more fun. The KalamazooX conference that will be on April 25, 2009 is one of those conferences where you may not see a line of code and be the better for it. I promise you will.
I will just let the organizers explain what the conference is:
The Kalamazoo X Conference is a one-day software development conference hosted in beautiful Southwest Michigan. While there are many great technical conferences in the region, their focus tends toward new technologies and programming languages. The Kalamazoo X Conference intends to uniquely complement those conferences by enabling attendees to boost their process, design, and communication skills in the following areas:
- Human interaction, including social, personal, and career development.
- Interface and graphic design
- Development processes and best practices
- Requirements analysis, architecture, design, and modeling
I have been waiting for a conference like this to appear and I am very happy that Mike Eaton, Anne Goodrich and Michael Markel have stepped up and created an event that will give attendees knowledge that is often overlooked by people that is highly valuable.
I will be speaking on Measured Innovation and I am very excited to get to speak on this topic after years of waiting for that right event to spill my guts over a very needed topic.
The following is a run down of the speakers and their talks:
- Soft Skills
- Branding 101: Growing your brand
- Social Networking for Geeks
- How to use Measured Innovation when developing new Technology
- A little bit of Lean with Kanban
- 5 Classic Patterns in Everyday Code
- 3 Tips to Improve Your Development Process
- The Process of Designing Experiences
Andy van Solkema
- The Art of Simplicity
- Six Tips for Improving User Experience
- Organizational Dynamics
- Effective Customer Communication
- Leadership 101