Novell has recently announced the return of BrainShare to Salt Lake City in March of 2010.
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It will be nice to have it back. It was missed this year and being able to come together again will mean a lot to the Novell community. Details are still sketchy, but here are some things you are anticipate:
Leaner event with a focus on technical training - BrainShare has always been a techfest, but the new and improved version will distill this down even more to focus on hardcore training for hardcore Novell enthusiasts. There will be less marketing fluff and business ideas and more getting down and dirty learning how to make things work.
The BrainShare crowd has always been about being technical and this new focus will help satisfy those needs.
Less planned time, more spontaneous time - In the past, each evening was packed with planned events, including parties, receptions, and concerts. The BrainShare team has realized that the community itself will often pick up the slack, arranging spontaneous parties and meetups, as well as vendors spending money on wooing attendees to their own activities. This means that Novell spends less of their own money but benefits from a wider range of activities.
More Intimate event - With the registration of BrainShare still more than a month away, and sessions still being worked, this year, BrainShare will have a smaller crowd than what has happened in the past, but this crowd will be a much closer knit group, getting to know each other and the presenters in less crowded circumstances. It will almost have the enviable position of being able to reinvent itself, capturing the great parts from the past while adjusting to the new realities of today's economic challenges.
For more than 20 years BrainShare has been a March tradition. I for one am looking forward to the renewal of that tradition this coming March. I'll be seeing you in Salt Lake City.