SPA is like no other conference. Nowhere else do you get a programme so diverse and immersive. Over the last two years I’ve:
- Had my mind bent with Haskell (SPA2009 was dubbed Haskell2009 there was so much Haskell hacking going on).
- Had my mind bent even further with Clojure.
- Been hit with the Sword of Integration.
- Through practical exercises, learnt what kind of tasks are suited to pairing.
- Built a real time web Twitter client.
- Learnt about social objects and why Dilbert cartoons might be harmful.
- Battled robots built in at least 4 different languages (and lost).
Rather uniquely, all sessions at SPA are interactive and involve participation. I find it’s a much richer learning experience (than presentations where you end up spending half your time day-dreaming and, since the advent of smart phones, twittering and checking your email) and also a great way to meet and socialise with peers.
Lead a session
There’s no better way to attend than leading a session. As well as getting the opportunity to share your passion with an enthusiastic and diverse bunch ranging from industry thought-leaders to academics you get to attend for free.Â If you’ve never run a session before don’t be afraid, we have an eager band of reviewers who will help you groom your proposal and if accepted, a flock of shepherds (SPAÂ veterans)Â who’ll be able to offer advice and guidance to shape your session and ensure it’s full of “SPA-ness”.
More details are on the SPA website. The deadline for proposals is 28th February, but get them in nice and early if you want to benefit from getting lots of feedback.
Register now (it’s a real bargain!)
If you don’t fancy running a session standard tickets are currently only Â£350 (+VAT) for four days of absorbing sessions including lunch and some evening meals!
If you’ve been saving up to go to QCon,Â why not come to SPA2011 and spend the money you’ve saved on a skiing Holiday or a couple of iPads instead?
June 12-15th, BCS, London
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