Tuesday 1 October 2013

Scotch on the Rocks 2014: tickets now on sale

I've got no connection to Scotch on the Rocks other than having attended a few times in the past. But it's a great web tech conference, and I'll be going to it again next year.

They've just put tickets on sale.

A coupla Twitter updates have just gone out, which are worth repeating:

Last year I stayed offsite, just around the corner. This was an improvement on 2012 wherein I was staying about 2km away from the venue, which meant once I was down at the conference for the day, I could not really return to my room. What this really meant is old lazy bones languished at the hotel until presentations I wanted to see were on, and I missed a bit of the socialising. None of the evening socialising, but some of the morning chatter. I shan't be doing that again.

Staying adjacent to the venue was better this time, but it really is best to stay onsite (as I did at cf.Objective(), but that was thanks to Alex letting me share his room).

I'll probably try to stay onsite this time, if I go (it's likely I'll go).

Another thing that's different this year is that there's just the one ticket price: but more tickets purchased mean a better conference. This is bold.

In a show of solidarity, I'm gonna buy my ticket now. Last year work paid for me (and the rest of the team who wanted to go) to attend, and they paid me back for my existing purchase, which I'd ponied-up for before they decided to send us. There's no guarantee this will happen again, but I think we all agree that it did benefit those of us who attended a great deal.

Over the last couple of years SotR has changed from being a CFML-focused conference to being a general web-tech / -concept affair. I think this fits well with where I'm at in my CFML career: there's not a lot about it I don't already know, or could pickup quickly if I didn't. However I am really dragging the chain as far as other technologies go, so I get a lot out of the non-CF-centric presentations. And I don't necessarily mean from the point of view of migrating to those other technologies, but listening in and watching how other technologies solve problems also improves me as a CFML dev. It's well worth going to presentations and doing courses on stuff one might not necessarily actively do day-to-day.

Anyway, I recommend getting behind SotR... go buy your ticket: it'll be a great conference.