[UPDATE: apologies if this showed up as new in your feed readers when it isn’t, I had a database problem and had to restore two old posts. Also, the voting has now been closed, so no need to go and vote, thanks to everyone who voted!]
John Wilker just posted all the speaker session submissions that they received for 360|Flex and he’s letting the community weigh in on what they want to see at the conference. The sessions don’t list the speaker names, although with a little reading I could figure out some of them (my money’s on Labriola for the “Kicking Ass and Taking Names” session. [update] I was wrong on that one, looks like Joseph Balderson submitted the kicking ass session). My session’s title is Cool Shit: Inspiring Creation and Creating Inspiration. The fact that I drop the s-bomb in the title and my description includes the phrase “holy shit, that’s fucking amazing” might give away the fact that it’s mine 🙂
Here’s the description I submitted, which should sum up the kind of presentation I want to give:
By the end of 2008 I had burned out. Flex development had become a job – a real job, a normal job – and I wasn’t experimenting and playing with the technology like I used to. So I decided to go on a quest of rediscovery. I was determined to find the magic again, that spark of “holy shit, that’s fucking amazing!” that comes when you’re so inspired by someone’s work that you stay up until 4 in the morning trying to create something as cool.
This session will include examples of Flex and Flash projects and experiments that have re-inspired me. I’ll talk about why I fell in dorky love with each example, and then dive into what that inspiration led me to create. Inspiration is a cycle, and I hope that by sharing my own inspiration and my own creations I can provoke others to do the same. We’re all in this together, and there’s so much cool shit to explore.
This is sort of a self-therapy session for me. Over the next few months I’m going to be focusing my effort on playing again, like I used to when this technology was new to me. I want to bring back that intoxication with the technology that I first had when I started learning Flex.
So if you think the session idea sounds good, go and vote for it! Make sure to vote for all the other ones you want to see too, the list of sessions is really long (126!) so it takes some time to read through them all.