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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here.
I'm throwing this post out here for you folks to think about and provide me some input/feedback.

I'm considering putting together another event: A Geek Cruise... Somewhere between Code Camp and Conference, on a big ship, with large fruity drinks and foreign port visits.

Here's what I have so far: 

Duration: 3 days
Location: Caribbean
Depart From: Miami, FL (probably)
Date:  TBD (probably fall... these things take time to plan)
Speakers: TBD (but I have a few volunteers so far)
Cost:  TBD (hopefully < $500)
Speaker Benefit: TBD (maybe free cruise, maybe subsidized)

Typically, a 3 day cruise will have at least two port visits (not counting departure and return port.)   When we're in port, everyone can go off and do whatever they want (some planned and unplanned excursions will also be available)  When we're out to sea, at least part (most) of the time, we'll have sessions running on a variety of topics.

Most cruise ships also have plenty of things for family members to do while your off learning about (insert topic here) so bringing them along is certainly worth considering and just might earn you enough brownie points to compensate for that trip to vegas with your friends.

It's still VERY early in the planning stages, but I think there is a lot of potential here... if we can find the right balance between cost and value.

I'm really interested in what people think about the idea and I'm totally open to suggestions, so please leave your comments (publicly, so others may respond to them)  If you're interested in speaking, sponsoring or attending I want to hear from you. Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 4:04 PM General Interest | Back to top


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And you thought asking your boss if you could go to that tech conference in Vegas was difficult!

Left by Scott Miller on Dec 09, 2008 5:33 PM

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Do it! I'll go on a cruise and I'd be glad to speak as well. Count me in!
Left by Rachel Appel on Dec 09, 2008 5:48 PM

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If the conferences are during times the casino is closed, I'll do it. I might do it anyway. It's a clever idea.

If we're talking geeks, there might some issue with the single passenger surcharge...
Left by Anachostic on Dec 09, 2008 8:03 PM

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yeah we'd need to setup a roommate system. Like they do for the MVP summit....
Left by Chris Williams on Dec 09, 2008 8:05 PM

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OMG, don't even get me *started* on the roommate system for the MVP summit. Man, I had a roommate for PDC and let me tell you...wait...uh, nvm.
;)

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Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on Dec 10, 2008 6:14 AM

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Chris, great idea. I would be up for something like this.
Left by Derik Whittaker on Dec 10, 2008 8:00 AM

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Well... as I mentioned above, there's no problem with bringing family members along.
Left by Chris Williams on Dec 10, 2008 8:56 AM

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I think this is a cool idea. Depending on port of departure I'd be up for it. This makes for a conference that would also really still feel like a vacation, and for a reasonable ticket price.
Left by Stacy Vicknair on Dec 10, 2008 9:25 AM

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Definitely would be interested if it's as cheap as you guys say.
Left by Becky Isserman on Dec 10, 2008 9:49 AM

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I'd love to go! I'd talk about Oslo, F#, Scala, DSL's, Languages in general, whatever you like. I'd also be willing to sit down, shut up, and listen to smart folks while working on my tan ;) Sounds like a great time! Let me know how I can help!
Left by Amanda on Dec 10, 2008 10:02 AM

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I'd like to go, and I could give a talk about Silverlight, TFS, Testing, or any other flavor of things. I can also help organize it if you need help.



Donn
Left by Donn Felker on Dec 10, 2008 5:10 PM

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Count me in! I'll help however you need.
Left by David L. Penton on Dec 10, 2008 10:22 PM

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Possibly interested. Will need to see more details before deciding.

Left by Jonathan Starr on Dec 11, 2008 8:09 PM

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Why only 3 days?
Crank that up to 5 or 7.

Learn and R&R time!
Left by Ann on Dec 12, 2008 10:59 AM

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Sure, if it's EASTERN carribean--I've been to the west... it has issues. Just give the speakers an option to upgrade (at our cost) to a veranda cabin and bring our spouses/Significan others.
Left by Bill Vaughn on Dec 12, 2008 5:45 PM

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Looks like you're getting plenty of speaker volunteers, but if you want another, count me in.
Left by Kathleen Dollard on Dec 12, 2008 6:58 PM

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I'd be down for that.
Left by Lee Brandt on Dec 13, 2008 7:56 AM

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Should be an easy sell to get my wife on board for a cruise. Hardest part would be the cost of reserving rooms for sessions. At the rate you're going, it would turn out to be an all speaker cruise.
Left by Jim Wooley on Dec 15, 2008 9:45 AM

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Whats wrong with an all speaker cruise? Everyone contributes their expertise! Its like a Geek Commune. BitStock 2009
Left by Isaac on Dec 19, 2008 2:30 AM

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I suggest going with the carnival cruise lines, because it has Vegas-style shows and we could gamble a bit at the casino, for old times sake. My husband looks forward to doing this.
Left by HeidiLavern on Nov 28, 2010 1:19 AM

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