This year's Tulsa School of Dev had lots of changes from last year.
- New event "chairperson" - Sean Whitesell
- New event venue - TCC Northeast Campus
- New event website platform - WordPress with custom plugins
- New event focus - "hands-on" content
First, the rough edges
For one, we (i.e., Tulsa Web Devs) didn't polish up the website as much as we should have. It was clumsy to do speakers, talks, and technologies with custom post types. I'm still looking for a good open-source lanyrd/eventbrite-type cms - anyone know of one?
TCC Northeast wasn't a good venue - the campus has a weird layout; the common area wasn't suited for lunch and rooms were far away from registration and not conducive to a good hallway track.
Aside from the above issues, I liked the event.
I especially liked mingling with the developers. I had a chance to meet Lindsey, Cory, and Matt from The Div and I hope we do many more events together. I also met Jesse Harlin who did a mobile HTML5 geolocating note app for the 2nd half of the web track. Tulsa Web Devs got together to watch the ustream of the April meeting of OKC.js - the group Jesse and Vance Lucas are running in OKC. I also rubbed shoulders with developers from outside our web community bubble - i.e., mostly Enterprise and Microsoft developers. I still wish there was more interaction between the two "camps" though, along with the sizable Java group in town.
Microsoft was really cool - they gave away a free Windows Phone to attendees who built and published a Windows Phone app that day. I may have to ask if we can give phones away at Tulsa Tech Fest to HTML5 mobile web app developers - let them pick between a B2G phone or a Windows Phone.
I'm looking forward to next year's School of Dev. My notes for improvement:
- Improve the format preparation (talks in the morning, workshops in the afternoon?)
- Book a better venue
- Promote earlier
Most importantly, we'll keep bringing Tulsa area developers together!