I just want to make a quick pitch for the Web Content 2009 conference. I went last year, and it was a phenomenal event, full of great speakers and networking (what happened between the sessions was almost as important as what happened in them).
Stewart Mader is keynoting this year — he wrote “Wikipatterns,” which I read, reviewed, and really enjoyed. Ann Rockley is giving a session too. She wrote “Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy,” which is considered one of the seminal books in the field.
This year it couldn’t be at a better location — Gleacher Center of the University of Chicago. It’s right on the river, in the heart of downtown, just a few hundred feet from Michigan Avenue. You could get the downtown Chicago experience on a nice walk during the lunch break. The John Hancock building, Grant Park, the Art Institute, etc. are all within a 10-minute walk.
(I just got back from Chicago, and I stayed at the Springhill Suites — two blocks off Michigan Ave. — for $120 a night, which is a steal.)
I’ll be there. Hope you will too.