So this year I attended InstructureCon solo. Not for one minute did I think I would be alone, but honestly I had no idea what to expect. And look what happened....
Over the course of the week I ran into all kinds of people.
During the Canvas Intelligence Exchange I was able to meet many new people. I had a really nice side conversation with email@example.com about Canvas Data, and got to meet the all famous firstname.lastname@example.org After firing back and forth through the Community with dgrobani , we finally had a chance to meet in person and share ideas about what we've been working on, very cool. I have seen several posts in the Community from email@example.com and actually got to sit and talk to him at Hack Night, where we engaged in a conversation about XAPI and Caliper with a developer from Penn State and a member of Unicon which was a great intro for me into these tools. Did I mention I got to shake the hand of snufer?
Of course there were Canvas peeps all over the place, too many to name... Hillary Melander enlightened me on the Canvas Network and hooked me up with the guys at ShinDig for some great info related to a real time course collaboration project I have been working on. I got to catch up with our awesome CSM Deactivated user and had a really good sit down with Deactivated user and some friends about the API. Of course if you didn't run into firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or stefaniesanders or firstname.lastname@example.org, you might have spent too much time looking at your phone while you moved around the conference. I would love to list ALL of the Canvas people that I met during the week.
The vendors were great too. email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org continue to do great things with Dropout Detective, and it was really nice to be able to catch up with them. Annie Chechitelli and the folks at AWS Education were able to answer some questions that have been on my mind and will help to start thinking about strategy. Mike Zackrison at CidiLabs enlightened me on their product to assist with instructional design, and I look forward to learning more. There were many vendor conversations and the time spent was valuable.
However, as much fun as it was running around solo, there were a few faces that I continued to run into over and over. Somehow this group came together at River Run for the last night, and we had a great time shutting down the village.
The picture above includes email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu, awilliams, G.Petruzella@mcla.edu and email@example.com. These guys really made the week fun.
Attending the conference on my own absolutely lived up to expectations, honestly it was hard to find time to stop, breath and regroup. I hope everyone walked away with some good stories, new friends and new contacts to help make their Canvas experience the best that it can be.
#instcon> operation -instructurecon 0017 -mission accomplished
It was great to finally meet you in person and run into you throughout the week. #Instcon is an amazing networking opportunity where you can meet like-minded individuals or adventure out to meet and see so many others. You (and many others) helped make my InstructureCon experience amazing and fun this year.
That's a great note, firstname.lastname@example.org. Now that I've attended my 4th straight InstCon, it's really fun to catch up with people, especially to see their growth. email@example.com and I always enjoy hearing about your challenges and how you approach them.
firstname.lastname@example.org and Stacy Moore at Olivet Nazarene Univ both got great new promotions; congrats! I kept missing email@example.com, one of my favorite people; I was always talking to someone as he approached. It's awesome to see firstname.lastname@example.org' Canvas babies growing up. Deactivated user, Jace Gilbert and Deactivated user are in the circle of interesting and interactive Instructure folks. There are a lot more people that I enjoy seeing but I suppose that's how I gauge InstructureCon...it's about the people.
I concur! I met so many people who I adore in the community (I'm looking at you email@example.com) and many others who I was much less familiar with but were Panda awesome (I'm looking at your firstname.lastname@example.org). I hope we all get a chance to be there again next year with more stories and fun times! In the meantime, let's collaborate on the community to make some awesomeness!
PS: Thanks email@example.com for the ride home, if not, I'm sure I would have run into a moose or been eaten by a bear!
firstname.lastname@example.org You listed me with way too important folks.......
As I've said so many times it sounds like a Rocky Mnt. echo - It is all about the people!
And I thank all of you for making this one my best ever,
I greatly enjoyed working with you on the Intel Exchange and getting to know you better! Looks like you had an awesome conference and I look forward to connecting with you in the future!
I couldn't have said it any better and I couldn't have found better people to spend time with on the last night. Thanks for all the great moments. I look forward to keeping them going in the future.
Thanks for the write up, email@example.com. It was not only a pleasure to work with you on the Intel Exchange, but to hang out throughout the week, and then to close out the week together. I'm looking forward to working together here in the Community (I'll come knocking for some LTI work, trust me!) and then hope I can come next year and we can do it again!