The Software Craftsmanship North America conference is coming up on November 18-19 in Chicago. I would really like to attend, but unfortunately I am in a bit of a financial bind: I can get myself there but I cannot afford either the hotel or the conference itself.
I'm putting this post together as a proposal for Stack Exchange sponsorship in exchange for me promoting Programmers at the conference and bringing back the knowledge and experience to share with the community here.
What is SCNA? Who will be there this year?
SCNA is a conference with a focus on software development as a craft. The talks cover the range from defining the software development profession and discussing the nature of what makes someone a good developer to development practices like TDD.
Last year included talks about functional programming, working with customers, and exploring what draws people to programming and keeps them going.
The full schedule and talk abstracts are unfortunately not up yet, but the list of speakers is up and there are immediately recognizable names on it, such as Corey Haines, Uncle Bob Martin, and Michael Feathers.
What's in it for Programmers.SE?
Programmers covers a wide range of topics with a special focus on development practices rather than implementation details. I think SCNA is a perfect conference for technical topics that are relevant to this site as well as for topics that cover the people aspect of software development.
I think there's a great opportunity here to give out some swag and business cards, introduce Programmers to more developers out there, and to attract more experts to this site.
Programmers doesn't have a blog of its own, but I will blog about individual sessions and the conference as a whole on my personal site and provide links in a follow-up meta post here. If/when good questions turn up during the conference that would be relevant here, I will post them and invite others at the conference to do the same.
I already got some experience promoting Stack Exchange during my trip to RallyON earlier this year. RallyON ended up being more focused on project management than software development concepts, but I believe SCNA would give us a lot more material that'd be of interest to the Programmers community.
What do you guys think? Any questions or concerns? I think this would be a great opportunity to increase our visibility and attract new users, not to mention a chance to wear my Stack Exchange t-shirts. :)