As far as well-priced technical conferences go, I think the Australian SharePoint Conference is pretty impressive. Itâ€™s $650 + GST for two days, with three tracks, held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. The speaker line-up â€˜aint shabby either.[Note: Thereâ€™s also a few extras for attendees but I wouldnâ€™t get too excited about them (eg attendees all get a SharePoint Server 2010 hosted site â€“ but itâ€™s only for 3 months and not for commercial use).]
Thereâ€™s also a big line-up of sponsors and vendor booths, so the usual networking opportunities will be there. User groups will be playing a key part this year, with dedicated areas for attendees to link up with user groups in their areas. This is a nice touch.
However, the thing I particularly like about the conference is the blend of topics. Thereâ€™s sessions covering business concerns, as well as technical and developer areas. Thereâ€™s sessions on 2007 as well as 2010. And theyâ€™re all marked with the appropriate technical level required. You can see why I think itâ€™s good value.
But as great value as it might be, itâ€™s even better when you can attend for free right? If youâ€™d like to win a free ticket to the Australian SharePoint Conference, get along to a local user group – some of the user groups around Australia are offering them as prizes to attendees eg check out the SBTUG and SWUG competitions.
The conference is on in June 16-17 â€“ see you there!