Note that SCaLE 10x is a litte earlier in the year than past SCaLE conferences as it's now in January.
SCaLE 10x: January 20-22, 2012 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel.
Entry also gets you dinner. It all takes place at the Mesa Arts Center Piper Theater. Buy tickets and have fun.
The ABLEconf call for participation is open. We're looking for technology experts and business leaders to discuss how open technologies can help transform Arizona businesses.
This year we're allowing tutorials, panels, labs and hackfests in addition to presentations. Submit something interesting.
Early bird deadline is 2011Nov20.
For its 10th anniversary SCaLE is running an art contest. The winner gets a free trip, including airfare within the continental US, to Los Angeles for SCaLE 10x.
Look to SCaLE's page on the contest for details.
SCalE 10x is 2012Jan20-22.
The economy is strong for Free Software jobs in technology. Phoenix ( and the rest of the cities in the valley ) continues to be a hot market for FLOSS jobs. Lots of programming ( PHP, Java, C++, Perl ) jobs as well as sysadmin jobs.
If you know someone who is looking for a Free Software job in town, please help them get employed.
I have benefitted for more than a decade by using Debian every day. Not only do we likely all know many other people who directly use Debian every day, but we probably all benefit indirectly from Debian every day.
Thanks to Debian for 18 fantastic years.
Independents Week is also an annual opportunity for locally owned businesses to get advertising discounts with media like KJZZ - 91.5 FM, KAZT-TV, KPHX - 1480 AM, Green Living AZ Magazine, Phoenix New Times and West Valley View.
Shop local. Market local.
There are two ABLEconf 2011 review meetings scheduled.
One is Monday afternoon at Mesa Community College from 17:00 to 18:00 in room BA 1E.
The other wrapup meeting will be after the Free Software Stammtisch starting at 21:00 a week from Tuesday.
SCaLE 9x was a great event. There were lots of great talks, a fun hallway track and even an added game night. Lots of good stuff. Not only did they do all that, but they did it in a new location.
The minutes from the post-event meeting show that 9x had a 20% attendance increase and was cash positive. It also had , an expo floor that spilled out into another room.
Attend the free-admission, one-day business-oriented (think "free" as in "freedom") conference to get insight on leveraging FOSS tools to reduce IT costs while increasing flexibility.
Presentations on topics such as open source cars, cloud computing, Free Software for business, Free Software for education, business migrations to Open Source, hackerspaces and Free Software for maintaining translations.