Would you attend an FIR conference?

Thanks to Jeremiah Owyang, we have a vision for an FIR Conference.

More than once, Jeremiah has insisted he’d pay to attend an FIR conference that included Shel and Neville as speakers, along with correspondents like Dan York, Michael Netzley, Eric Schwartzman, Sallie Goetsch and David Phillips (and, who knows, maybe even Lee Hopkins) – depending on availability – along with FIR’s listeners, notably many of those who have contributed to the conversation via comments.

In addition to presentations, we envision part of the conference adopting a sort of FIRCamp approach, with presentations on the fly from whoever wants to present one, and a lot of networking, providing an opportunity for members of the FIR community to meet and engage face-to-face.

In order to determine whether we’re on to something or have taken leave of our senses, we’re asking you. This poll will remain open until September 3, so please share your opinion. We’ll deal things like location (almost certainly in the USA), date and price once we get a good read on the general feasibility of the notion.

Thanks for your vote!

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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

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    • neville

      This is as good a place as any, Christie :)

      It’s terrific that you’d come to an FIR event, subject to those details you mention. I’m feeling very buzzed about this idea, hope we can do it.

    • neville

      A good question, Sallie. We’re thinking of a physical event, one people will travel to – the face-to-face aspect of this is so appealing – but nothing is decided in any shape or form yet. I’d say it will be in the USA but much would depend, I think, on the general level of support for the idea.

      On Twitter, I’m seeing venue words like ‘Hawaii’ and ‘Caribbean’ being bandied about :)

    • neville

      I’m listening to what you say Guillaume. Thanks. Love to do an FIR conference somewhere in Europe, UK or France, wherever is best.

      Clearly we’ll have a lot to think about once we see what the poll results look like next week!

      • Philippe Borremans

        Hi Neville,

        I second mon ami Guillaume, don’t forget your “continental Europe” friends and followers ! And as a Belgian I have to say that Brussels would be the best place of all… Franch, German, Dutch, English and even Swiss colleagues would be able to reach teh location in less than 2 hours travel. Let me know if I can help at any given moment…!

        • neville

          That’s terrific, Philippe, thanks. Brussels sounds good to me!

          We’ll visit this topic once we see what the poll results look like next week and seen how feasible this whole thing looks.

  1. Allan Jenkins

    I’d be tempted to attend a US gathering, and would almost certainly attend a European one.

    (Now returning to my lair to catch up on all the episodes I’ve missed this summer)

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