We received a couple of questions regarding the requirements for the SDN Day sessions.
We envision these to be technical, showing something that you have done/developed using SAP technology. Or you talk about an SAP area that you know very well and can share some tips and tricks from your experience in the field. There will be lecture rooms for the bigger sessions like Thomas Jung talking about New ABAP Editor Backport!, or at least I hope he is coming 🙂 Then we have smaller venues for more Birds of a Feather kind of gatherings.
Also some SDNers felt that 90 minute sessions are a bit long. This is why we cut them to 50 minutes + 10 minutes to switch. Here is my suggestion: Prepare 30 minutes of presentation/talking points for discussion, you will run over and present for 40 minutes anyhow. That way there is still 10 minutes for discussions and 10 minutes to switch presenters and rooms to fill the hour.
A couple of words also to the pricing of the SDN Day. You may have a pointy haired boss, that doesn’t see the value in you going to TechEd or for that matter to the SDN day. To privately pay your way to TechEd is out of reach for most of us, but we have priced the SDN day (Las Vegas $200 and Amsterdam €180 plus tax) so that you can afford it even on your own dime.
For sure we are not making any money on this event, actually the closer we get to the date the bigger the budget gap it seems 🙁 *
In Las Vegas the SDN Day is on a Monday, so you can enjoy Las Vegas over the weekend and extend your stay by a fun filled day with all your SDN buddies.
See you all there, Mark.
* By the way, if you think this is a cool event, and has there ever been a cooler one? Probably the first TechEd in the mid 90s, but since then? No cooler event. We wouldn’t say no if you offer us some sponsorship for example for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, evening event, T-Shirt, … Let us know firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Just as a reminder the banner in this blog post doesn’t count for points. Only if you have posted it on your own site, like I did on my finnern.com, plus add a post with the link to the SAP TechEd ’06 Blog Banners in the SDN Suggestion forum, only then you get points.