iLug - finished

Phew. Finally back home - Matt White , Warren Elsmore and I spent yesterday transporting a ton of stuff back from Belfast (stopped over at Paul Mooney's house on the way home). I guess some points to conclude iLug:



  • All the presentations by all the speakers will be on the site this week. You'll have to leave some feedback - we'll shout when its ready.. Obviously, after taking the last week out of work, we all need to catch up.


  • Again, thanks to all the sponsors - without you, none of this could have happened. I'd have liked to see all the sponsor stands manned every day - but some folks hadnt been able to set this up. One sponsor actually managed to be at DNUG and iLug at the same time - Kudos!


  • The Griffin Conference center was excellent. They didnt actually manage to get the Wifi working as we all wanted, but as we only discovered it was locked down on the day, they couldnt do much about it. However, the AV staff, the conference organisation staff, the venue itself - was fantastic.


  • Apologies to the cleaning staff for building an Altar to appease the travel gods and try and lift Francie's travel curse.


  • Apologies to many folks, expecting to spend quality time with myself or the other organisers. I think I managed to spend about 45 minutes (interrupted constantly) talking to my colleages. Some of the folks travelled from Brazil, and all I could do was buy them a pint.


  • Kudos to Steve McDonah for killing me. And Coatsie. Youre an amazing, funny and indescructable bloke. Anything you want - say the word.


  • Thanks to IBM for sending over Alan Lepofsky (Fantastic opening keynote), rMary Beth Raven, Andrew the Widget Guy, Ed Brill and the rest. And thanks guys for not presenting in a suit..


  • Thanks to Research in Motion / BlackBerry - for sparing the time of a very senior executive (Valerie Wang), Lizzie Handcock, and Jen Ortiz. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And - they had a Blackberry Bold on the booth. Its jaw-droppingly nice. Want one...


  • Thanks to the 'stuffing line'. All the folks who volunteered to help, and spent eight hours stuffing the 500 or so bags with the sponsor leaflets.


  • Suppliers. David Clark for printing (and spending two very late nights getting it done) and Mistletoe in Laurencekirk for the T-Shirts. They had a 'film character' theme this year, and the only one that folks really got was the 'uncle fester' gag on the back of Coatsie's shirt.


  • After cooking fry-ups in my student digs (and making the place smell like the inside of a frying machine) for up to 10 people at a time - I never want to see a 'full english' again. Well, at least for a week.


  • Guinnness. Doesnt give you a bad hangover. But it does make you fart. Badly. Sorry.


  • Many thanks to the conference staff for rushing over with my prescription drugs on friday morning. I had forgotten my blood pressure tablets on the sunday, and they were couriered to the conference center on Monday. They arrived Friday morning, and was dropped in front of me. Whilst I was having a meeting with the largest domino customer outside North America. With the words 'Here's your drugs'.. ;-) That took some explaining..


  • Apologies for my green hair. It was all my idea. It was based on the joke - 'Nathan Freeman might be bleeding yellow, but I'm a bleeding Leprechaun'. It was dark green on the sunday, and is now neon-lime green today. No-one attacked me in Belfast but I did get really funny looks wherever I went. Well, I do look like a freak.


  • Looking back on iLug 2008, it was a long, happy, blur. Fun. Real fun. Lots of interesting people. But I wish I got to go to more of the cool content. Seriously. And Duff/Kitty/Eileen/Matt White/Kerr/Paul/Warren/Coatsie/Julian Woodward/Rob Novak - we only got to see bits. I'll have to download the slides. Perhaps we should have videod some of them - but then again, thanks to the informal presentation style (that was enforced), perhaps its a better idea that we didnt.


  • Speaking of events, Paul has from the outset demanded that this event be informal, fun, friendly. Other events - for legal or cultural reasons - cannot be. This is not a criticism of those conferences - far from it - but a statement that iLug is informal. Pick the conference that suits your personal style. I did..


  • Kudos to Kerr Rainey who turned up on Sunday and said 'Can I help'. And was running aound 18 hours a day, from Tuesday to Friday. And missed all the sessions. Sir, you are a god, and without you, someone would have probably collapsed.


  • Coatsie learnt a new skill to do at this event. No - not punching people who ask stupid questions. Balloon Animals


  • Many thanks to Rocky and Bob for bringing their lovely daughters across to help at the event. Kelsey did an excellent job at the end of picking winners of the many sponsor prizes..


  • Nick Shelness was a trooper. This man had more than one good reason not to attend this event, but came through. It felt like we were getting a $10,000 analyst briefing for free. Thanks again, Nick!


  • When packing a goods lift with 3.5 tonnes of AV equipment, beer and paper, remember to leave a route to the button..


  • Rob Novak did amazing things, taking pictures of the entire event, and again, buying hundreds of free guinnesses. Good bloke.


  • To the gentleman who partied hard, and ended up with a ladies bra on his head. We have the photos. Sign that OEM deal...


  • I need a better camera.


  • Kevin, Sorry I took a picture of my backside with your camera, but it did make you put it down for a few minutes..


  • I need to eat in a more healthy manner whilst at conferences.


  • I wish there was more time in the day to do more.


  • I wish I could clone myself so I could have fun in more than one place at a time.


  • I wish I could get by with only two hours sleep a night.


  • I didnt realise just how many smart, funny people I knew until the majority of them turned up in one place. I've not had so much fun in years.


  • I wish I could make enough money in my day job over at HADSL to do this more.


  • Eileen is a fantastic ITIL speaker. Especially considering this was the first time she spoke in public.


  • I never realised how much work went into AV until I was tasked to help out Warren and Matt set up and check out the four rooms. The only AV problem we had was a projector dying on day one, and some feedback on my mike in the second session. Warren and Matt literally worked around the clock to make sure it all worked.


  • Warren was also the Tat-master for the event, and found the daftest hats imaginable. Nice one.


  • Check out all the picures on Flickr - search for the Tag iLug2008 (There's 490 there right now), and use PicLens (the firefox addin) to scoot through them. If you have any pictures of the event - tag em. And no - I dont want to ever see Steve's 'full moon' gag ever again...


  • There was an invitation only GeekDinner and GeekTrip on Friday night, and Saturday. Friday was a muted affair - people falling asleep, etcm but lots of fun. Saturday, for speakers and sponsors only - was a hoot. But lots of us did nap from time to time.. (Why speakers and sponsors only ? Its our way of saying 'thanks')


  • Finally, many many thanks to Paul Mooney and Eileen Fitzgerald. Without you, this event would not exist. Where you get the energy to do this, god alone knows.


Thanks to everyone for coming, and making it the absolute blast that it was.