Have you heard about Codepalousa? It’s a two day software development conference consisting of ten tracks and sixty-two (62!) sessions - well worth your time, attention and the reasonable fee to attend, and it all takes place in Louisville Kentucky, March 15th through the 17th.
If you attend Codepalousa you’ll be a part of one of the few events outside of the New York City metro area to use Qrious during our private beta.
If you’re not attending, well, consider yourself un-lucky. But you can make your own luck.
Launch the browser on your iPhone or Android smartphone (newer touchscreen BlackBerries will also work) and go to http://qrio.us to create your networking profile.
When you arrive at the event on March 6th, be sure to launch the Qrious web app and check-in. Qrious will immediately tell you who you should meet and why based on the information contained in your profile.
Awesome. You’ve just scored a budget to attend the biggest and best conference that your industry has to offer. You’ve planned your attendance to listen to some of the brightest minds in your field, participate in workshops and even attend a few cocktail receptions while you’re there.
But are you working it?
No, I mean really working it. Have you scheduled time to walk the exhibit hall floor and check out some of the new tools and technologies being offered to people like you and organizations like yours?
Have you checked the attendee list to see if there’s anyone you should connect - or reconnect - with?
Are you considering a career move? If so, have you thought about where you’d like to go next? Will anyone from that company be at the conference?
Too often, professionals attend conferences as if it were a big party - or at the very least, a few days away from the office.
If you’re doing it right, you’ll have a full calendar while you’re there.
I’m not saying you should neglect healthy meals or sleep or even a trip to the hotel fitness center. But, you should take advantage of the concentration of people and intensive togetherness that a major conference provides before you head back to the office.