Greetings to my friends in the Plex/2E community,
I am reaching out to you as your friend and fellow evangelist of Plex/2E, to help us fill out a few final spots in the upcoming Worldwide conference agenda.
If you’re like me (and I know I am), you have decades of experience developing world class applications with the most powerful tools (2E and Plex) on the planet. Collectively, we have the most experienced and talented experts of 4GL, Low Code, and Pattern Based Architecture in the industry. I still laugh when I hear some visionary expert talking about how these technologies are something we can hope to see in the future. We were developing Pattern Based applications before anyone ever heard of the concept of a Pattern.
Back in 2004, I was the President of the Northwest Plex Developers User Group, based in Boise Idaho. Our user group had the vision to bring together the entire Plex (and 2E) community together to share our experience and expertise of Plex. We hoped for 60 attendees from around the Northwest and were shocked to have 172 people from around the world. We established a low cost, high value model that was a huge success. Since then, we have held 10 more Plex/2E Worldwide Conferences. So here we are 18 years later getting ready to host the 12th conference.
We have a committee of several people (including myself, John Rhodes, Mark O’Brien, and Summer Proch) who have poured our hearts and souls into this conference. We have hosted 2 quarterly webinars to gather input from the Plex/2E user community on what they want to see in the conference. We hold weekly zoom meetings to work thru all of the details to ensure that this will be another winner. We believe that this conference is poised to be another tremendous success.
Now I know what you’re asking yourself. Roger, what does that have to do with ME? Here it is. The greatest value of this conference is the opportunity to see things that do not exist in a manual, or even a Google search. Every one of you has developed things ranging from some slick little Widget to a major Pattern in your standards layer that add immense value to your applications.
Our goal for the Plex/2E Conference has always been to fill our sessions with content from the user community. This year is no different. I am reaching out to you as a respected expert in the community to ask you be an elite contributor of this conference by volunteering to speak.
We are looking for 5-10 minute lightning talks to round out the agenda.
You will be amazed how many things you already have in your Models and Pattern libraries that are unique to your organization and would be of tremendous value to the Plex/2E Community, if you would only be willing to show them. It is not necessary to show your code. Just show us the end result and discuss how it works at a high level. Another opportunity for you is to share one or two tips and techniques that you have learned through the decades.
I did a Lightning Talk at the Tips and Techniques session last year, and everyone who was involved in that session (including me) found a new Tip/Technique. This is always a highly successful session. If you know of one Tip/Technique, I would love to have you show it to the community. This will be the easiest thing you have ever done, and I can assure you that it will be a rewarding experience.
The sessions page lists the Plex/2E Lightning Talk Sessions we are planning for this conference. Please look this over and let me know if there is one of these sessions that you can help us with as a speaker.
Our speakers are the rock stars of the conference. They are an elite group of the best of the best. You can be a member of that prestigious group! All you need to do is send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a response of “Yes I would be happy to volunteer to be a speaker (or lightning talk speaker) at this conference”. I will in turn reach out to you to help you plan your session, and provide you with a Powerpoint Template, and session requirements.
I look forward to your reply, and am excited to see all of you again (either in person or virtually) at the 12th Plex/2E Worldwide User Conference in Austin Texas in October.
With my deepest regards,
– Roger Griffith, User Community President