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Back from FITC

FITC was fantasic! I had a great time, and even learned a few things.

Attending FITC, without the pressure of presenting, was very enlightening. Previously, I had always felt as though I needed to prove my worth. This time I just met up with my buddies, revelled in geeky conversation, and met lots of new and interesting people. It was the best time I've ever had at a tech conference. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Flash/Flex community.

What makes a conference successful? FITC is one of the best, so I was looking at the conference with a critical eye. "Critical" in the sense of looking carefully, intent on learning. One of the things that stood out to me was a sense of community, that the conference was providing a social setting for us to learn and conduct business. There is just no substitute for face-to-face conversation in a casual situation, when it comes to business...or life in general.

The fine folks who organize FITC tried something new this year; something they called "the panic room". Attendees could sit down with speakers, for a short interval, and pick their brains or show off their work. Seems like an interesting idea, and I wonder how it went over.

Well, now it's back to the regularly scheduled program.


Glad to hear you had a good time. Was good to finally meet you on the party/school bus ride back to the hotel Sunday night :)

I didn't get to see the Panic Room go down, but from all reports I've heard both the speakers and attendees involved really enjoyed it.

Speakers were able to help people with code problems and critique their portfolios, while a few speakers said they were also blown away by some of the things the attendees showed them.

I'd say it's a pretty safe bet to say the Panic Room will make it back to future FITC events.

It was great to meet you too, Rick!

Good to hear you'll be continuing the Panic Room. It's a really neat idea.