I found this history of Devcon's from the makers of Troi plugins (http://www.troi.com/news/devconimpressions.html). This is Troi's "impressions" of the various Devcons.... kind of interesting!
- 0: Santa Clara?, CA, California
- 1: Claris World Wide Developers Conference 1996: June 3-5 Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California (Troi did not attend this one)
- 2: Claris Solutions Conference 1997: May 12-15, San Francisco? , California (Troi did not attend this one)
- 3: FileMaker Developer Conference 1998: Monterey, California August, about 900 participants
- 4: FileMaker Developer Conference 1999: San Diego, California August 24-27, about 1000? participants
- 5: FileMaker Developer Conference 2000: Palm Desert, California August 27-30, about 1100 participants
- 6: FileMaker Developer Conference 2001: Orlando (Disney Resort), Florida August 12-15, about 1200 participants
- 7: FileMaker Developer Conference 2002: Palm Desert, California August 12-15, about 1100 participants
- 8: FileMaker Developer Conference 2003: Phoenix, Arizona August 24-27, about 1300 participants
- 9: FileMaker Developer Conference 2004: Phoenix, Arizona August 29-September 1, about 1500 participants
- 10: FileMaker Developer Conference 2005: Phoenix, Arizona August 28-31, about 1100 participants
- 11: FileMaker Developer Conference 2006: Orlando (J.W. Marriott), FL, August 12-16, about 1200 participants
(Troi did not attend)
- 12: FileMaker Developer Conference 2007: Orlando (J.W. Marriott), Florida August 12-16, about 1300 participants
- 13: FileMaker Developer Conference 2008: Phoenix (J.W. Marriott), Arizona, July 13-17, about 1150 participants (Troi did not attend)
- 14: FileMaker Developer Conference 2009: San Francisco (Hilton O'Farrell Street), California, August 13-16, about 1100 participants
- 15: FileMaker Developer Conference 2010: San Diego CA (Sheraton Hotel & Marina), August 15-18, about 1000 participants (Troi did not attend)
- 16: FileMaker Developer Conference 2011: San Diego CA (Hilton Bayfront), August 2-5. (Troi did not attend)
- 17: FileMaker Developer Conference 2012: Miami Beach FL (Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel) July 16-19, about 1200 participants
- 18: FileMaker Developer Conference 2013: San Diego CA (Hilton Bayfront), August 12-15, about 1200 participants
- 19: FileMaker Developer Conference 2014: to be held in San Antonio TX (JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa), July 28-31, 2014 more info at filemaker.com
Looking at that list, I really hope they start having "location variety" at devcon. This is the first year in Texas, so I hope the new locations continue. I'd highly suggest Denver, Seattle, and anywhere up and down the Carolina's coastline.
Since it is always in July or August, it is interesting that Devcon has been so many times in Arizona and Florida where it is so hot. They are fine places, but much better to visit in the Winter. The northern United States near Canada would be great. Or maybe even southern Canada like maybe Vancouver. Denver and Seattle sound nice in the summer, or even in the northeast somewhere. I wonder what all goes into choosing a location or why they choose the locations they do. I don't even know why they hold it in July and August, not that it really matters to me.
Hot in the south = a less expensive time to have a conference, because no one else wants that?
Really, if everything is inside (no outside access from room to sessions) then it's not so bad. Outside pool(s) of course.
It's just more likely to be too hot to sight-see for those distance travelers who make a vacation of the trip.
My vote is for north in winter. Quite a contrast!
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I’d really like Chicago, but that’s only because it’s within driving distance for me. I can understand the resort hotel (requirement?), as quite a few people travel with their families, or back-to-back a vacation to devcon (I sandwiched a vacation to orlando, and another to the keys, before and after devcon two years ago). Or maybe Dominique just likes to golf?
From FM’s perspective, they spend a lot on flying out personnel to devcon, so that might factor into their decisions, as airfare from the valley to certain destinations that have direct flights instead of transfers make more sense. Also, brands (IE hilton, marriott) probably compete for contracts, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2015 was also at another marriott resort (Denver Cherry Creek would be nice!).
There has been obvious interest in other locations via 3rd party events (e.g. Pause-on-Error), so I wish FM would foster some more of those “mini-cons” around some more major cities. DC/Baltimore, Philidelphia, Altanta, NYC and Chicago would be fine candidates for that in the eastern US.
Ooooo.... Beverly! You stroke a chord there. I would love Winter time at a ski resort!
Another reason I suggested denver, but it's really the wrong time of year. I think I'm going to Reno/Tahoe to ski at squaw valley (former olympic site), this winter if you want to fly up and join us taylor.
Um, excuse me. Southerner here. Allergic to snow ...
Oh Mike! haha.... snow is GREAT to visit. What you don't want to do is live there and have to regulalry shovel it, etc.
Then again, maybe we could have a Devcon in the Carribean or Hawaii?
I’d be all over hawaii, great japanese food (my favorite), and don quixote (Japanese store that’s a cross between a grocery store and a gag gift store).
Tim Cimbura had put together a FileMaker database with info about the DevCon's for one of our user group meetings. I'll shoot him the link to this thread and maybe he would share it here.
This will be my first year. I have to admit that the travel expense has been a barrier in the past. I'd love to see more location variety as well. Being from MN I can tell you: planning events in the winter can get tricky. Travel plans can get hosed in a hurry.
See you all in San Antonio!
Yes...I have several items regarding DevCon including a database that you can use to track the history of DevCons...
DevCon 2014 Info
DevCon History Database
FileMaker DevCon Tips
Well cool on the Devcon History Database nice and neatly done in FileMaker. Not only the history of each year, but the topic, many logos, etc. Also, the Time Line tab sure is fun. Pretty nice! Thanks, Tim!