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I was excited yesterday to learn of two upcoming virtual online conferences about topics in which I'm very interested.

The first one I heard about was mvcConf, the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference - Thursday, July 22. From the website:

mvcConf is a virtual conference focused on one thing. Writing awesome applications on top of the ASP.Net MVC framework. The event will be free to attend, and your brain will explode from taking in so much hard core technical sessions. Sounds fun eh?

This is a community event and we want the best and brightest sharing what they know.

We intend to record each session and make them available online for viewing. We intend to make the videos available free of charge, depending on conference sponsorships.

Part of pulling off a conference like this requires some tools being created to tie together 3rd party services. We will release all of the tools that we create to run this conference under a OSI Open Source License. We want to give back to the community and hopefully inspire more groups to do similar events.

I signed up immediately.

Later in the day, I learned of the jQuery Online Conference - Monday, July 12.

I was thrilled until I went to the site and found out that they're charging 150 (US) dollars for the 4-hour event.

Now, admittedly:

  • The jQuery conference presenters are four really big names in the jQuery world: Rey Bango, Karl Swedberg, Ben Alman and the Almighty Creator himself, John Resig.
  • The mvcConf site's web page has no list of presenters or topics, leading me to suspect that it might just be a bunch of guys sitting around saying "Sooo…. Who wants to share something?"
  • The jQuery conference site's web page is attractive, polished, and looks very professional.
  • The mvcConf site's web page looks like crap, with no spacing between paragraphs, "conference" is misspelled twice, and what the heck kind of English is "Thursday in July 22nd"?
  • I don't know how much it costs to plan and pull off a 4-hour online conference, and it's a Canadian event and I'm ignorant about the current state of their economy, so maybe $150 US is a huge bargain in Canada.

…but $150 for four virtual hours seems just a bit steep. I could see myself forking over maybe $25.

I expect that the mvcConf conference might be sloppy and unorganized, but it looks like a real community thing, in the spirit of a code camp or an "open spaces" event.

If your company is willing to pay $150 for you to "attend" the jQuery conference, good for you. I hope everyone at both events learns a lot and has fun doing it.

Posted on Friday, July 9, 2010 6:07 AM .NET | Back to top

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