Prepping for SPTechCon!


20130226-140152.jpgOk, so I got to attend SPTechCon last year (SharePoint Technical Conference) in San Francisco. I learned LOADS and convinced my boss to let me go again this year. And now that I’ve actually traveled to a conference, I’m excited about some of the things I plan to do this year. There are a TON of sessions lead by some awesome SharePoint Pros (and even Microsoft MVPs).

So I thought I’d post a little bit about my game plan.

Game Plan

  1. See the city a little bit. Visit/stay with a couple of friends living out there. I’m leaving on Thursday and the conference starts on Sunday. Looking forward to catching up with them! I plan on to go see the Bridge and hopefully try checking out some of the night life!
  2. Try to hold to a sensible diet. Sometimes when I travel I go all crazy and gain 10 lbs in the process. I don’t want to do that, so I’m going to do my best to not go crazy as far as food goes. But I definitely want to try some places!
  3. Network, network, network! I’m a social guy. I have an internal blog and an external blog. I want to meet people out there doing cool stuff, form some relationships, and hopefully find some people to interact regularly with however it happens (be it Twitter, my Blog, or LinkedIn).
  4. Meet Marc Anderson and hope he allows me to buy him a beer. Marc (aka @sympmarc), designed SPServices (, which is a jQuery library that has allowed me to do some AWESOME things at work. If he’s not too busy, I’m hoping he will let me buy him a beer (or two) to just thank him for his contributions. He’s leading several sessions that I plan on attending that include: Creating a Great User Experience in SharePoint; Building Custom Navigation with SharePoint Lists, jQuery, and jQueryUI; and SharePoint Solutions with SPServices.
  5. Lastly, I have picked a variety of sessions that have been on my list of things I’d like learn more about… from XSL, to Branding, to InfoPath and Workflows. I really hope to absorb as much information as I can.


For those that follow me on twitter, I plan on live-tweeting the conference (like I did last year) and taking copious amounts of notes. I also plan to follow up in a few weeks with a list of things I learned blog post as I’m able to process and work through everything. If you don’t follow me on twitter you can get to it by going to @dbannisterjr.