Monday, April 26, 2010

Bay Area JUG Roundup on May 12, 2010


First of all, I want to point out that the "J" in JUG stands for "JVM Language" rather than "Java" these days. This event is for developer user groups focused on any of the plethora of programming languages now supported on the JVM. Having said that, we have pretty much every "Java" user group in the bay area participating in this event already. The capacity of the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City is 450 and there is no reason we can not fill it to capacity on May 12th. Please help us to make this the biggest JUG gathering ever here in the bay area by blogging, tweeting and emailing this out to everyone.

Oracle is fully sponsoring this free event including the dinner and beer that evening. The evening starts with an update on the infrastructure changes being made to the site. Plus, we have 2 passes to JavaOne and 2 Kindles preloaded with O'Reilly ebooks to give away. If that were not enough, we have the Java Posse recording their popular podcast live for us too. While there is still room, you can register here:

For those of you unable to attend in person, the event will also be streamed live that evening by Stephen Chin and the Silicon Valley JavaFX User Group here:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pay It Forward: Free Pass to CM Summit

Since I won't be able to attend the CM Summit in New York City this June, I have decided to take the free pass that @JohnBattelle gave to me and "Pay It Forward." In true conversational marketing manner, I have decided to give it to the person with the best tweet about why I should give it to them during the Chirp Conference. Participation in this giveaway, the announcement of the giveaway winner, and even the transmission of the prize will all be conducted on Twitter. The rules are simple:

  • Contest runs from 6pm PST (start of the Pre-Chirp Party) on April 13 through 6pm PST on April 15th when the Chirp Hack Day ends.
  • To participate in that time window, simply send a tweet referencing @vanriper and @cmsummit along with why you deserve a free ticket to CM Summit in 140 characters or less.
  • The winner will be announced via my twitter feed at approximately 9pm on April 15th. The winner will need to follow me and I'll follow them back on Twitter so that I can direct message to them the CM Summit free pass registration information.

Finally, multiple tweets from the same account are more likely to hurt than help your chances. In fact, repeating the same or similar tweets repeatedly will be grounds for disqualification. I won't be randomly picking one tweet from the twitter search results anyway. So, additional tweets will not improve your odds of winning.

Cheers, @vanriper

P.S. Congratulations to @ConsultantRC (Raul Colon) for winning the free pass to CM Summit.