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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: , ,

Come to Glue for Free

You wouldn’t know if from the lack of activity on VC Adventure, but my one and only new year’s resolution for 2010 is to blog more. More consistently. More often. More reliably. So prepare for a flury (or at least a steady trickle) of blogging!

Back in the fall we announced that our Glue Conference had teamed up with Alcatel Lucent to sponsor 15 companies from across the country to attend Glue on ALU’s dime (selected companies not only get admission to the conference but also will be featured in ALU’s demo space at the show). Submissions are open – you can find out more information on applying here.

Our goal for Gluecon has always been to make it *the* gathering place for developers working on the connective technologies that hold the web and IT infrastructure together – from web services to SOA to APIs and cloud computing. So if your’e working on a project that fits the bill and want to have a chance to attend GlueCon for free, give it a shot.

February 3rd, 2011     Categories: Uncategorized     Tags: ,

Gluecon and Alcatel-Lucent team – changing the game at Gluecon 2011

[Cross  posted from a piece I put up on the Foundry Group blog earlier today]

Our goal for Gluecon has always been to make it *the* gathering place for developers working on the connective technologies that hold the web and IT infrastructure together – from web services to SOA to APIs and cloud computing. Eric Norlin – our partner in Gluecon, Defrag and now Blur – has helped bring together technology leaders for an in depth (and proudly geeky) conversation around the changing landscape of these technologies and the applications they support.

As we move towards our third year running Gluecon we’re extremely pleased to announce a hugely important sponsorship with Alcatel-Lucent. ALU will become the Community Underwriter for the conference. This partnership will really change the face of Glue and open up even more opportunities for companies to participate. For starters, ALU is underwriting the ability for 15 companies to demo at Glue. These companies will be selected completely on merit by a selection committee that includes:

Eric Norlin
Chris Shipley (Guidewire Group)
Mathew Ingram (MESH and GigaOm)
John Musser (Programmable Web)
Laura Merling (Alcatel-Lucent)
Alex Williams (ReadWriteWeb)
Jeff Lawson (Twillio)
Jeff Hammond (Forrester)
Ian Gl;azer (Gartner)
Ben Kepes (Diversity.net)
Krish Subramanian (CloudAve)
Vinod Kurpad (Best Buy)
Seth Levine (Foundry Group)

To quote from Eric’s blog on this announcement:

I’m excited because I feel like we have the ability to really change the game with this one. If you take away the company specific conference (Google i/o, Twitter, F8), there really just aren’t that many national-level gathering spots for developers in the cloud/API space. There are a lot of “business level” and “workshop” conferences that happen around cloud computing, but we’re talking DEVELOPERS.

And even where there are developer gatherings in the cloud/API space, the ability to pay has always been a limiting factor for startups and companies wanting tho show their wares and exhibit.

That ends with Gluecon 2011. With Gluecon 2011 developers in the cloud/API space have the ability to participate in a pure meritocracy. Wow the selection committee and you’re in.

At the end of the day, what I want to see is 500+ developers coming to Gluecon to build apps, figure out cloud infrastructure, scaling, security, and solve the tough problems around API construction, usage and maintenance.

If you’re a company interested in participating, click here for more details.

See you at Gluecon 2011!

November 3rd, 2010     Categories: Conferences     Tags: , , ,