The World (of IT) Heads To Austin
The World Conference on Information Technology (WCIT) is coming to Austin this year... and it should be a lot of fun. This event is held every other year in a different locale (this is the 15th edition). The last conference was held in Greece and the next (2008) will be held in Malaysia.
I've been volunteering for the event over the past week or so (doing some mundane tasks that just have to get done) and I will be helping out during the event itself. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes... WCIT2006 professional staffers have been working on this event for two years and there are still a million little loose ends to tie up.
The logistics for WCIT2006 are being spear-headed by the brother and sister team of Lucas and Courtenay Daniels... they've got a handful of full-time staff to help them, and they've got an unruly band of volunteers like me to contend with (the phrase "herding cats" comes to mind).
Lucas and Courtenay have been in the convention business for many years, but Lucas confided in me that this event is in a league of its own... over 2,000 delegates are coming from over 80 countries.
The WCIT 2006 speaker roster includes the following:
- Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
- John S. Chen, Chairman, CEO and president of Sybase, Inc.
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