So We Might Pull Together An Information Technology Conference In Detroit


You’ve heard / read me rant about how many irons we have in how many different fires we have at the moment.

Well, one of those is that there are some very serious discussions underway about us putting together a large-scale Information Technology conference in Detroit.

Because there really isn’t one to speak of.

And yes, this is what that whole “Godfather” moment thing has been about for the past couple of months.

But you know us…if we’re going to do something, then it’s going to have to be done right.

And of course, by “right”, we mean “the way that works the best for all of you”.

So, here we are…yet again…looking for some feedback and input from you…

Just for background, go back and take a look through A Scene From The Godfather again over at

Here are some basic concepts that you need to know / understand before you start answering questions:

Yes, we want it to be downtown.

We don’t know how we’re going to pay for this.  Not sure if you know it, but conferences are friggin’ expensive as all hell to put together.

So we’re probably looking at pulling in sponsors.  We’ve had a few conversations with a few different people and groups…and there’s been some high level conversations with people who have expressed an interest in getting on board…but it’s time to start nailing things down if this is going to happen.

And this probably won’t be a free thing to attend.  Not unless you’re going to be willing to sign your lifeblood away to the sponsors who’ll want every drop of information wrung out of you that they can get.  And then one more piece of data on top of that.

But yes, it will be worth it.  Because if it’s not, we’re not going to do it.

We’re thinking about multiple tracks for the conference.  Cloud based.  Open source based.  Microsoft based.  But it’s a matter of figuring out what you actually need.

Because that’s the biggest part of this.  We’ve said it a million times – everything we do with this group is a natural evolution.  The casual networking events led to the Pink Slip Parties.  The requests for other locations led to us moving our events around the state.

Well, now we’re taking the next step…but only if the desire is really as strong as the conversations we’ve had thus far have led us to believe it is.  Because we’re not doing this for ourselves.  Trust me, this one’s probably going to put me in the nuthouse…and that’s if it actually happens and goes well.  Heaven help me if something actually goes sideways…

So…take a minute and read through and fill out the below form.  Please?

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