Along with some of my compadres, Josh Holmes and Peter Laudati, we're helping our MIX team member Drew Robbins organize the Open Space @ MIX area. What is it? Well, sort of whatever you want it to be. If you've never been to an Open Space event format before there are some things you should know...
Four principles of Open Space:
- Whoever comes are the right people to be there
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened
- Whenever it starts is the right time
- When it's over, it's over
Other than that, we're asking and welcoming anyone who would like to share something with the MIX audience online and offline. We're providing all the equipment and scheduling needs you'll require and hoping you'll have something to share with us. Starting at 4:00 PM on March 4 people will be able to start signing up for session blocks outside the MIX Sandbox area. Visit the Open Space @ MIX site for more details!
If you have something to share, be sure to visit and register for a time block. We'll be around with some video equipment and will help you share it in person as well as get it up online at the MIX08 Open Spaces site!
got mad design and css skillz? take a stab at redesigning the mix web site for a contest. i saw through twitter that adam kinney noted only one person entered yet. and there are three prizes!!! should make winning pretty simple right now ;-).
of course i'm ineligible (that's my way of getting off, because i have no mad design skillz), but might i suggest a few themes to try out:
- halo 3
- rockband/guitar hero - have you seen this and this yet?
- reno 911 - man i love this show -- 'sheriff's department!' -- hmm...ballmer as lt. dangle?
- dora and diego -- go ScottGu go!
- high school musical
- election 2008
either way, all you have to do is visit the restyle contest page and download the starter kit. so what are you waiting for? deface, er...i mean...restyle the site in a creative way!
the leaders of the arizona .net user group have convinced scott guthrie that phoenix is nice in march (and it is...spring training baby!) and he should visit. they've organized a super user group meeting and you can find information on when/where here. it will be hosted at scottsdale center for the arts, which is a pretty killer facility. i'd recommend carpooling and not messing with the no parking signs (those scottsdale folks like to watch those meters).
having ScottGu come to phoenix immediately after MIX08 is a great thing for the community. if you couldn't make it to MIX, you'll be able to see some new things from scott in what no doubt will be an exciting, new and learning experience. there are some great things coming out of his group at MIX and this event in phoenix is a must see. i'm sure he'll cover some great new web stuff, updates on silverlight and we'll all be enlightened by how he still manages to stay close to the code while serving a growing army in the developer division! be sure to block your calendar now!
i know scott won't be able to cover everything, so we'll ensure that the code trip will cover some of the gaps. be sure to subscribe to the feed to know when we'll be coming back through phoenix -- we'll be updating it soon!