Had to leave Devcon early.
Did they announce next years location yet?
here is the picture I made:
MBS Blog - FileMaker Developer Conference 2017
Vegas isn't hot enough for you? How about we knock off an extra 1,100 feet of altitude, 10% more humidity, and add an urban heat dome the likes of which are unparalleled anywhere in the USA?
Comparison: Climate Phoenix, AZ - Las Vegas, NV
Notice the difference in the Comfort Index. I hope every single event is indoors.
FileMaker, Inc. is obviously trying to kill us.
DevCon has been in Phoenix many times before. Stay indoors for sure.
Sat in the Phoenix airport after one Devcon and watched Coke cans explode on an outside railing and on another occasion planes could not land because the runway was too hot. But, the Desert Ridge is a fantastic place!
Could always make a play for Rochester, NY...Not sure they've ever had snow during DevCon before.
user25682 wrote: Vegas isn't hot enough for you? How about we knock off an extra 1,100 feet of altitude, 10% more humidity, and add an urban heat dome the likes of which are unparalleled anywhere in the USA? Comparison: Climate Phoenix, AZ - Las Vegas, NVNotice the difference in the Comfort Index. I hope every single event is indoors. FileMaker, Inc. is obviously trying to kill us.
I think we await the official announcement with details.
Especially whether the keynote is the evening before as here in Vegas or they reduced it to three days by doing keynote on Monday morning. And how they handle the three evening events (Welcome, FBA and Attendees Party).
They tried to book Alderraan, but no-one was answering the phone.
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Then just as likely as Europe then?
Just home from 10,000 mile round-trip and 36 hours awake.
Devcon was brilliant but please a plea for a European one, even if it's bi-annual.
Would you guys in the States come if there was one?
And while I'm on the subject, one of the Devcon Keynotes was about extending Filemaker's reach to a truly global platform. Maybe this can be achieved by making the FM community a truly global one too, not just through the Community but actually face-to-face with the fastest growing economies in the world. Devcon China? Devcon India?
I do believe there is a window of opportunity here to at least spread the word. If we need to swim, let's go to where the rain is falling...
I would vote for Chi-town or any other 'Northern' clime. Too bad Mackinac Island isn't big enough.
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As a Michigander, and having been to the island a number of times growing up, I'd love to see DevCon go to Mackinac Island! Imagine landing at the ferry docks, suitcase in hand, and taking a horse-drawn carriage to the hotel. Sadly, it looks like not even the island's historic Grand Hotel is quite large enough for a 1500-person meeting. (Its auditorium apparently maxes out at 1000.) Interesting to imagine how we famously "casual" programmers would react to the hotel's formal evening dress code.
Chitown sounds good (great city!), but I'd put my vote in for a mountain spot like Tahoe, Aspen, Banff, or Jackson.
Because of the Somewhere in Time movie we might well be using FileMaker on Lisas and early Macs on the island. LOL
I'm back from a Mediterranean Cruise. How about a Cruise ship? LOL. They are big enough, but not enough individual meeting rooms I think. I prefer the East Coast. Phoenix is OK, but nothing really compelling for all the travel. I really enjoyed San Diego, San Antonio and Miami.
Ah well, it's all about the folks more than the destination. If they had it in Europe I would love to go, but probably would be a hard sell to the boss. I think most Europeans have passports and are used to traveling. Many Americans don't get out of the US, so it becomes a limiting factor. Had a brilliant cruise around mostly Greece and a visit to Turkey. Turkey was our favorite stop, and no real trouble in the tourist areas. Even the folks who live there seem a bit confused about what is going on with their government.
I advocated for an eastern site for years (not Orlando - worse heat issues than Phoenix) like the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville. I has about 3000 rooms and there is tons of stuff to do. I did an elementary school principals association convention there in 2008 for FileMaker and the work shop and meeting rooms were fantastic.
However, I was told (2009 -10) that it is out because it is a union shop and that makes the convention spaces more expensive to set up. So, I expect that it will continue be non union centers -where they can be found that are big enough.
I live in Tucson - it's hotter here than it is in Death Valley. There is only one place in the entire country hotter than Tucson, and that's Phoenix.
There are plenty of nice places to to have DevCon that have facilities and international airports. San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Chicago, and Salt Lake City are just a few.
Maybe getting the facilities in the middle of the desert in the hottest part of summer comes at a discount? I am from the desert and I do not mind the dry heat at all, but that is just me.
Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona:
The interesting thing for 2018 would be to know the dates (or at least a range) for the conference more than a year in advance. Some vacation things require to book very early.
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