We’re just a few days from one of my favorite events of the year – the DevLearn Conference and Expo, being held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. I’ve been a fan of the conference for a long time, and working with the team that helps build the conference makes it even more special to me.
DevLearn is the best conference in the industry for people that are interested in how technology can be used to enhance learning and performance. This is also the 10th year DevLearn is taking place, so it’s shaping up to be the best conference yet.
My favorite part of the conference experience is meeting and connecting with other attendees. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the places you can find me if you’re going to be at the conference next week.
On Monday we have a few pre-conference workshops and the Adobe Learning Summit taking place at DevLearn. I’ll be visiting the different sessions during the day and working on other preparations for the conference.
On Tuesday we have a series of workshops taking place. I’ll be visiting these workshops and supporting the facilitators throughout the day. At 3pm I’ll be helping kick off xAPI Hyperdrive, our new competition showcasing how The Experience API can be used to innovate learning and performance. At 5pm I’ll be leading our Orientation session, which is great for conference newcomers.
I have the honor of hosting the conference, so I’ll be kicking off the opening session and introducing our featured keynote, Neil deGrasse Tyson. At 2:45 I’ll be moderating a panel featuring Robert Gadd, Sarah Gilbert, Clark Quinn, and Chad Udell. We’ll be exploring the importance of mobile technologies for the future of learning and performance. At 4:15 I’m part of a session that should be a lot of fun. It’s called Meme-ing the Future of Learning. There are 6 presenters in this session, including Cammy Bean, Jane Bozarth, Jeannette Campos, Joe Ganci, Chad Udell, and me. We’ll each be doing a short presentation exploring the future of learning following an IGNITE-style format with one twist – the only images we can use on slides are memes. Here’s a preview.
Immediately following that session I’ll be heading over to the Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall. It’s always a great time and an excellent opportunity to network and connect with others.
I kick off Thursday at our day two keynote session with Beau Lotto. I’ll be at the eLearning Guild Member Services booth in the HUB from 11:45 to 12:45. That’s a great opportunity to stop by, say hi, and learn more about the value of Guild Membership. At 3pm I’ll be leading a session exploring wearable technology and the opportunities this exciting new technology presents for learning and performance support. Immediately following that session I’ll be heading over to one of my favorite parts of the DevLearn experience: eLearning DemoFest. This is always a highlight of DevLearn and this year we have over 80 different projects being shared. Plan to stay till the end as we’ll be giving out awards at 6:15pm.
On Friday I get an early start leading a Morning Buzz discussion exploring how to write a winning conference speaking proposal. If you’ve ever considered submitting a proposal to speak at an event, this is a great opportunity to get some tips. After visiting a few sessions Friday morning I close DevLearn’s final keynote, introducing Belinda Parmar.
It’s going to be a busy week, and a whole lot of fun. If you’d like to schedule some time to meet, send me a note and let’s connect.
See you in Vegas.