Posts Tagged ‘Conferences’

Glue 2012 will be the best Gluecon yet

As you may know from reading prior posts on the subject the two days that comprise the Glue Conference (May 23rd and 24th, 2012) are some of the most information packed and interesting days of my year. To me what sets Glue apart is that it stands almost alone in the conference circuit as a show that’s neither company specific (Google I/O, Dreamforce, Chirp) or startup celebrity focused (DEMO, TC50, etc.). There are only a sparse few events that are developer focused  – which makes Glue that much more important.

Glue is an incredibly well run conference and you can tell by looking at both the substance and structure of the agenda that Eric and Kim have put a lot of thought into how to enable conference attendees to get the most out of being there. From the simple things that you’ll appreciate long before you realize that you rarely see them at other conferences (power strips at each table, blazing fast wifi, killer soundtrack, etc) to the break-out sessions designed to dive deeply into a subject or technology, to the ample networking, to the ALU DemoPods (see below), Glue is an event designed to enable every attendee to get the most out of their being there (Eric and Kim don’t believe that their job stops when you walk in the door; a great sign of this is that you’ll often see them roaming the floor putting people together that they think should meet).

Last year and again this year, we’ve partnered with Alcatel Lucent to bring the Glue DemoPod to the conference, enabling 12 early stage companies to the show to show off what they’re up to. This was a huge hit last year, with the conference attendees voting for their favorite new company among the bunch (with the winner getting the chance to make a keynote address to the entire conference on the last day of the show). Thanks to ALU, we’re doing it all again for 2012 with another great batch of companies:

New to this year’s Glue is a focus on the hackathon. We’ve done them each year of Glue, but never with the emphasis we’re placing on it in 2012. This year we’re bringing in a great group of hackathon sponsors to help us out (Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Pearson, Cloudspokes (Appirio), Mashery, Loggly), we’re extending the hackathon into day two of the conference, and we’re seriously upping the ante on prizes. Glue is about developers and developers like to build stuff. Come hack away!

So whether you’re an enterprise developer (staying current on technologies, checking out what start-ups can help accelerate your own businesses and internal development initiatives), a start-up developer (all of the above plus looking for a chance to interface, recruit and push the envelope with the next generation of technologists) or a C-level exec (in particular looking to see what’s 3-6 months out on the horizon) Gluecon is for you.

You can register for the event here. Or email me if you have any questions.


April 16th, 2012     Categories: Conferences, Uncategorized     Tags: , ,

Have you registered for Glue yet?

I can’t help myself at this time of year but to remind you that you probably haven’t registered for Glue yet and that you need to get on it. Glue is one of three conferences that Foundry helps facilitate with Eric Norlin (the others are Defrag and Blur, the latter of which is still in development but coming this summer). Glue is an in depth discussion about the web as a platform and the future in a world where most (all?) apps live in the cloud (either public or private). Once again, Eric has put together a fantastic agenda (you can see the full list of topics here). This year’s speakers include:

  • Michael Barrett, CISO, PayPal
  • Professor Eric Brewer, creator of the CAP Theorem
  • Chris Hoff, Dir. of Cloud Solutions, Cisco
  • Ryan Sarver, Dir. of Platform, Twitter
  • Jonathan Ellis, Lead on the Cassandra project

In addition, you’ll hear about:

  • The Cassandra Database: Inside Twitter’s Choice
  • What’s up with OAuth/WRAP?
  • 5 Things I Hate about your API Terms of Service
  • The Apache Cloud Stack (Hadoop, HBase, Zookeeper, etc)
  • App PaaS vs. Enhanced Cloud System Infrastructure
  • Inside MongoDB: the internals of a NoSQL database
  • Understanding User-managed Access

Glue runs May 26th and 27th and is being held this year at the Omni Interlocken (in Broomfield, CO).  If you register now you still qualify for the early bird rate of $525 (regular price is $695). In addition, this year Glue is sponsoring CloudCamp the day before the conference. CloudCamp is free, but space is limited (you can sign up here).

Note to CO readers: We’re really pushing hard this year for greater local attendance. We’ve chosen to run all of our conferences here in Colorado in an effort to push the region as a leader in innovative thinking around emerging technology trends. This is a great opportunity to participate in a national conversation about key themes in technology right here in your back yard. Show up and represent!

March 22nd, 2010     Categories: Conferences     Tags: , , ,

A note to Colorado technologists – Attend Glue!

I’m reposting a note from Eric Norlin, our partner in both the Glue and Defrag conferences which really struck a chord with me. While Foundry invests across the US, we’re based in Colorado and do our best to support the local startup ecosystem. As part of this we very deliberately set up camp with both Glue and Defrag here in our backyard in an effort to make Denver/Boulder the center of the technology universe for a few days of in depth discussion and networking around all things technology. Glue is coming up at the end of May. It’s an in depth look at the “connective” technologies that are changing the way we live and work. If you’re a technologist that’s working in and around this space I’d encourage you to show up. Especially if you live here in Colorado – come support our effort to bring greater focus and energy around these topics right in your backyard.


As a guy who organizes two tech conferences that take place in Colorado, I’m in a bit of a weird place. I’m part of that “Colorado tech community” via my friends/cohorts/biz partners — people like Brad Feld begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Seth Levine, Andre Durand, Rob Johnson, Josh Fraser, John Minnihan, David Cohen, etc — but I’m also not part of that community, as I don’t get to be absorbed into all of the day to day stuff (by virtue of the fact that I don’t physically reside in Colorado). However, I believe that Colorado (Boulder-Denver especially) is one of the best places in the country that you could “get involved” in the internet-software space. I’ve railed against the “if you’re serious you move to Silicon Valley” myth so many times (and called the purveyors of that falsehood more names than I care to remember) that I can’t even believe it still ever comes up. And, in some ways, I think this recession has really helped to expose people to the fact that there is so much good entrepreneurial activity happening outside of the valley. I mean, is there any *hotter* (trendy, successful, honest, fun) group of VCs than Union Square Ventures (Twitter, Zynga), Foundry Group (Zynga), Roger Ehrenberg (new fund on Big Data) and Howard Lindozon (Stocktwits)? Nope. Do *any* of them live in Silicon Valley? Nope. Places outside of “the valley” are where it’s at right now (much to the dismay of some), and Colorado is leading that charge.

Similarly, I often get asked why Glue (or Defrag) isn’t located in the Bay Area. My answer is always the same, “don’t you think the bay area has enough tech conferences?” The Bay Area really isn’t the center of the universe. I know – shocking, right? The second question I always get is “why Colorado?” That answer is a bit more complex, but really it boils down to “because it rocks, that’s why.” (And it does Bay Area folks good to actually *go* to a conference sometimes.)

It is in that spirit that I wanted to reach out specifically to everyone in Colorado in the software, internet, startup space. We’re bringing some *amazing* people and sessions to your backyard for Glue, so I’m making my case early: If you live in Colorado, and are interested in software, you need to come. Now, let me explain why:

1. Speakers: Look, there is no shortage of genius in Colorado. But that doesn’t mean that mixing that genius with other geographically different genius-types doesn’t yield good things. With that in mind (and keeping in mind that the agenda is still a very early draft), let’s look at the speakers that are already confirmed –

Doug Crockford (creator of JSON), Joe Shirrey (Azure team, Microsoft), Dwight Merriman (CEO, 10gen), Sunir Shah (Freshbooks), Scott McMullan (Google biz stuff), John Musser (Programmable Web), Clay Loveless (CTO, Mashery), Dave Smith (Basho), Jonathan Ellis (Rackspace), Mike Miller (Cloudant), Emil Eifrem (Neotechnology), Michael Barrett (CISO, PayPal), Chris Hoff (Director of Cloud, Cisco), Laura Merling (Alcatel-Lucent), Ryan Sarver (Director of Platform, Twitter), Jack Moffitt (Collecta), Jeff Lindsay (Webhooks), John Fallows (CTO, Kaazing), Brian Mulloy (Apigee), Jeff Lawson (Twilio), Rick Nucci (CTO, Boomi), Phil Windley (Kynetx), Joe Stump (SimpleGEO), David Recordon (Facebook), Eric Marcoullier (Gnip), Chris Messina (Open Web Advocate, Google), Eve Maler (PayPal)

…and that’s the *early* draft. The agenda is probably 30% complete.

2. Topics: What about topics we’ll be covering?

Webfinger, User-managed Access, Federated Provisioning, Open/Linked Data, Cloud Data Management, Facebook’s Open API, Understanding Twitter’s APIs, MongoDB, Activity Streams, A6 (cloudaudit), OAuthWRAP, managing multiple APIs, XMPP, webhooks, PubSubHubBub, HTML5 websockets, cloud security, SAML, OpenID, Facebook Connect, NoSQL (Neo4J, Cassandra, Riak, CouchDB), API terms of service, State of the API marketplace, How to build your own computing cloud, AWS,, Windows Azure, Google App Engine, Web Oriented Architecture, and a ton more that we’re still adding.

3. Price: You can register right now for Gluecon for under $475 bucks (just use “louie1″ when registering) — a price that’s already cheaper than 80% of the conferences you’d attend in the Bay Area (and absolutely cheaper than any other “cloud” conference – which are running about $1895). Throw in the fact that the conference is in your backyard (ie, no travel expenses) and it becomes an unbeatable Colorado deal. Keep in mind, that price is covering your food, drink, evening reception, wifi – everything — over 2 days.

4. And let’s just say that $472.50 is still out of your price range – then at a minimum you should be registered for the Cloud Camp happening at Gluecon. It’s free (and only has 140 tickets remaining, so don’t wait), so there’s no excuse there.

Bottom-line: if you’re doing internet-software-startup stuff in Colorado, Gluecon covers every possibility (price, topics, speakers, location). You literally have to work at it to come up with a reason NOT to go if you live in Colorado.

I’m saying all of this for a very simple reason: My hope is that the Colorado “presence” at Gluecon is overwhelming this year. Last year, about 70% of our gluecon participants came from outside of Colorado. That just isn’t right.

So, my Colorado friends, you can stay home, not meet amazing people, not participate in hackathons, not get involved in a new project, not increase your knowledge and help your career, and wonder why it is that Silicon Valley gets to have all of the fun, OR you can realize that the Valley doesn’t get to have all of the fun, and do something about it by participating in Gluecon. I really hope you’ll choose the latter, because we’re gonna have a blast.

February 15th, 2010     Categories: Conferences     Tags: ,

Looking forward to Defrag

I’m really not a big fan of conferences. I go to a small number every year and like most people I find that for the most part, the best part of most conferences happens in the hallways and lobby where there’s a chance to connect with other attendees. The conference itself simply becomes the framework to support making those connections.

Defrag, however, is a rare exception to this widely held view in the conference world – it’s a conference worth attending not only for the connections you’ll make in the hallway but also in the insight you’ll gain inside the presentation rooms. Organized as an interactive conversation, Defrag challenges attendees to become a part of the conversation through thought-provoking topics, an agenda that stresses audience involvement and through break-out sessions and other mechanisms that reinforce the participatory nature of the event. The high caliber of the conference attendees and intimate nature of the venue don’t hurt either.

We’ve been involved with Defrag – a conference that we produce along with Eric Norlin – for three years and each year of the conference seems to be better than the last. Our involvement with Defrag (and with Glue in the spring) reinforces for us our desire to be a part of the conversation happening around the themes that we care about – not just sit on the sidelines and listen in.

If you’re up for being challenged in a way that you likely haven’t before at a conference (unless, of course, you’ve already been to Defrag) I’d strongly encourage you to attend. To sweeten the deal, Eric is offering up a discount – valid only through September – for $300 off the conference registration fee. Use the code “septspecial1” when you register.

September 28th, 2009     Categories: Uncategorized     Tags: ,