Creator Advocate Workshop is this Saturday

** REGISTER TODAY to Qualify for a One-Year Adobe Creative Cloud Membership! **

Creator Advocate Workshop is for new and/or experienced:

  • Video Producers / Vloggers
  • Bloggers / Writers
  • Internet-based Business Owners
  • Etsy & eBay Shop Vendors
  • Social Media Influencers
  • Podcasters

Going into our fifth year of VloggerFair events, we have seen our focus evolve from being a fan/creator experience to a creator networking and education experience. With these changes, we have re-named “Vlogger Day” to be a year-round learning experience at

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host a Creator Advocate Workshop at Adobe in Seattle for a second year!

We are offering you a full day – Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10:00am – 4:00pm

Creator Advocate Workshop will empower you, the creator, with intelligence based upon actual experience, and answers to questions that can’t readily be answered by a free search. The workshop will connect you with qualified professionals from various fields, and give you the opportunity to network with other creators — all of this will further accelerate your ability to create in any capacity.

For fans of VloggerFair — we intend to continue with community events similar to the VloggerFair experience in 2018 under the umbrella of Creator Advocate!

If you’re reading this, use code “LockerGnome” and receive 15% off!

Microsoft Management Summit is for “Hardcore Geeks”

Microsoft Management Summit is for the HardcoreUnless you’ve been living off the grid somewhere in Alabama the past few years, you’ve noticed that Microsoft has stepped up its advertising campaign in just about every aspect of digital media. According to Forbes, Microsoft’s advertising budget outpaced its sales in 2011, and though the financial news outlet may have overestimated the amount that Microsoft spent on its Windows 8 marketing campaign, one can certainly judge by the volume of commercials encountered at every turn — from TV to radio to Internet ads — that Redmond certainly wants us to know that the tech giant hasn’t lost its might in the marketplace. Particularly in the areas of cloud computing, enterprise computing, and mobile computing, Microsoft is looking to dominate, and for anyone willing to take a bet that the company dominance in enterprise computing will continue and spread to the cloud and mobile computing sectors, Microsoft Management Summit is the event to watch (this week, anyway).

Microsoft Management Summit is for “Hardcore Geeks”

Taking place in Las Vegas, Microsoft Management Summit 2013 is billed as an exclusive event for “the brightest IT professionals from around the world.” Obviously, Microsoft isn’t being vague about its intentions; according to the event’s About page, only hardcore geeks need apply, “with session content delving into the 300 and 400 level.” Now I’ve been taking IT courses for several years — most recently one on Windows Server 2008 — and even I don’t know what “300 and 400 level” means. I can only guess that we’re not talking about 101-level college courses (such as English 101, my personal favorite). Microsoft Management Summit aims to be a gathering of the elite.

Personally, I usually cringe at the idea of a gathering of elitists. But this is not a country club filled with the one percent drinking fine Scotch and smoking expensive Cuban cigars in a country club. This is the type of elite group anyone should be proud and unembarrassed to become a part of: one of the best in a particular field. In this case, that field happens to be IT, and even those not inclined toward Microsoft’s products and services would benefit from keeping up with what the company has to offer. Even diehard Linux gurus understand the need to stay abreast of what the competition is up to. And fortunately for those of us who can’t afford to make the trip to Vegas, Microsoft Management Summit sessions will be freely available to watch on demand within a day or two of the live presentations.

As a geek myself, I aspire to become a hardcore one, so I’ll be following Microsoft Management Summit throughout the week to see what I can pick up. I’ll also be watching Twitter hashtag #MMS2013 and checking Channel9 (for which I wish someone at Microsoft would make an official Roku channel so that I don’t always have to rely on hackers to make the content available for the device) for recordings of MMS sessions. I know there are plenty of you in LockerGnome’s Help! forums that’ll be interested in the event — even those of you who feel that Microsoft has lost its way in the server market. Care to join me? I’ll bring the cigars. You can bring the Scotch.

Oh, and one more thing. Alabamians, I’m one of you now, and have been for nearly four years now. Just so you know.

Web 2.0 Summit Is Underway

The Web 2.0 Summit is the only place, once a year, where leaders of the Internet Economy gather to debate and determine business strategy. While it may be too late to physically join the leadership of this extraordinary industry this November 15-17 in San Francisco (unless you’re already there), many presentations will be streamed online for the benefit of everyone from Antarctica to the Yukon!

Web 2.0 2010 Live Stream can be found here!

Monday, November 15th

2:30pm – 2:35pm
John Battelle, Tim O’Reilly
2:35pm – 3:10pm
John Battelle, Tim O’Reilly, Eric Schmidt
3:10pm – 3:45pm
Tim O’Reilly, Scott Thompson, Keith Rabois, Michael Rubin
3:55pm – 4:05pm
Steven Berlin Johnson
4:10pm – 4:45pm
John Battelle, Nikesh Arora, John Hayes, Yusuf Mehdi
5:00pm – 5:30pm
John Battelle, Robin Li

Tuesday, November 16th

8:30am – 8:55am
John Battelle, Shantanu Narayen
8:55am – 9:10am
Mary Meeker
9:10am – 9:40am
John Battelle, Todd Bradley, Jon Rubinstein
9:40am – 9:50am
9:50am – 10:20am
Bing Gordon, Don Mattrick, Robert Kotick
11:00am – 11:40am
Adam Lashinsky, Susan Lyne, Tony Hsieh
11:40am – 12:05pm
John Battelle, Jim Balsillie
12:05pm – 12:30pm
John Battelle, Yuri Milner
2:00pm – 2:25pm
John Battelle, Carol Bartz
2:25pm – 2:40pm
Vinod Khosla
2:40pm – 3:00pm
Tim O’Reilly, John Donovan
3:30pm – 3:35pm
Leila Chirayath Janah
3:35pm – 3:45pm
Ron Conway
3:45pm – 4:15pm
4:15pm – 4:50pm
John Heilemann, Fred Wilson, John Doerr

Wednesday, November 17th

10:15am – 10:45am
John Heilemann, Ted Mitchell, Diana Rhoten, Davis Guggenheim
10:45am – 10:50am
Adam Sadowsky
10:50am – 11:00am
Katherine Savitt
11:00am – 11:10am
Brian Pokorny
11:10am – 11:20am
Toni Schneider
11:20am – 11:50am
John Heilemann, Julius Genachowski
11:50am – 12:15pm
John Battelle, Jeff Weiner
12:15pm – 12:50pm
Brady Forrest, Jeremy Stoppelman, Matt Galligan, Cyriac Roeding
2:15pm – 2:40pm
Bill Gurley, Frank Quattrone
2:40pm – 3:15pm
Tim O’Reilly, Paul Maritz, Marc Benioff, Andy Jassy
3:25pm – 3:30pm
Krissy Clark
4:00pm – 4:30pm
John Heilemann, Reed Hastings, Peter Chernin
4:30pm – 4:40pm
Susan Wojcicki

RetroDex Seattle 2010

There should be an image here!On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (PT) in Seattle, WA, local IT pros should come to RetroDex 2010 (and use code “LockerGnome” for 25% off the already-low price)!

IT professionals, service providers, vendors, bloggers, and media come together to hear predictions from leading technology industry thinkers and discuss the present and future with their technology industry peers. During 2010 virtualization and tele-presence made their mark and Comdex returned to a virtual Las Vegas. RetroDex 2010 is the perfect place to meet real live technology people whether or not you are participating virtually in Comdex.

Leading up to the event we will be conducting a One Question survey of IT decision makers where we ask: What one technology product changed your business computing the most in 2010? And what do you think it will be in 2011? We will be presenting the results of this survey at the RetroDex 2010 events. RetroDex 2010 events are being held simultaneously at incredible venues across the country on the evening of November 16th, 2010.

Register for RetroDex 2010 (and remember to use code LockerGnome for 25% off)!

27th Information Technology Seminar

There should be an image here!The 27th Information Technology Seminar takes place January 26-27, 2011 at Eccles Conference Center, Utah State University.

The Information Technology Seminar focuses on the rapidly evolving field of technology and its significant effect on core business operations. This seminar will address the specific challenges you face as IT professionals. It will explore the latest advances in technology including business virtualization, business intelligence, database management, security, and other current issues. Come learn how you can improve your IT operations and stay on top of today’s digitally-connected world.


Darwin John
Former CIO, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Bernard Golden
CEO, HyperStratus

John Hope-Johnstone
Chief Strategist, HPR Social Media

Register here.

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People Who Need Gnomedex Are The Luckiest Of People

Michael Foley is one of those people that everyone loves to stop and talk with. We’re very grateful for that fact, since he managed to interview many of the movers and shakers who attended Gnomedex last month. Michael was kind enough to give us his raw footage, and Uncle John worked his magic to stitch it all together. Ladies and germs, meet the people of Gnomedex!

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  • Tac Anderson – “The most diverse and coolest group of speakers anywhere.”
  • Steve Sorbo – “Gnomedex is about education in the world of social media.”
  • Christopher Burgess – “I come to Gnomedex because out of hundreds of conferences I attend, this is the best .It’s the most humanitarian and technological event of its kind. When you leave here, you feel as though you can change the world.”
  • Kristen Mitchell – “Gnomedex was the first conference I ever attended in association with my online identity. I was happy to feel as though I was amongst family.”
  • Kat Armstrong – “It’s impossible to put into words what Gnomedex is like. Being here – being a part of this – WILL change your life in some way.”
  • Brian Eisenberg – “I come to Gnomedex to meet people and have amazing conversations.”
  • Kenji Onozawa – “Gnomedex has great content, but I love the conversation in the hallways the most. This event attracts an awesome array of people.”
  • Jeff Shuey – “There are incredible people involved in this event, from speakers to volunteers to attendees.”
  • Jeris JC Miller – “Chris has done an amazing job at curating who I feel are some of the most innovative speakers in technology and the social media space.”
  • Pete Voss – “This was my first Gnomedex. A lot of past attendees recommended I be here, so here I am!”
  • Veronica Wei Sopher – “I come here to get outside of my own thinking. I love to see what others are doing and learning. It gives me fresh perspective in my world.”
  • Jamie Nelson – “I come here to find out what’s going on in the geek world, and get an idea as to what is coming over the horizon.”
  • David Hoang – “This was my first time attending Gnomedex. I wanted to be here, because I heard it’s a great place to meet innovative thinkers.”
  • Lacy Kemp – “This conference has a very cool crowd. It’s very different from other conferences – it’s more human. The content is different. It’s less focused on narcissism and more focused on how to create a better you.”
  • Michelle Gamboa – “I volunteer at this event because it’s one of the places that I can meet amazing people and hear about the best ideas you’ll find anywhere.”
  • Richard Wood – “This was my first Gnomedex. I’ve been to a lot of events surrounding this event in the past few years. There’s always such a high amount of energy to the people involved in this conference. I wanted to be a part of that, and their ideas.”
  • Melissa Tizon – “I work with Swedish Hospital here in Seattle. We’re a non-profit hospital which loves technology. We’re using that to improve health care in the greater Seattle area.”
  • Kevin Urie – “I come to Gnomedex because the people are great and the topics are all over the place. It’s always interesting, and I learn something from everyone.”
  • Jen Joyce – “I come to Gnomedex because there are interesting people who attend. I love to learn new ideas from everyone.”
  • Heather Fernandez – “I’m here because I’ve never been. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this conference, so I knew I had to be here.”
  • Willow Brugh – “This was my first Gnomedex, and it’s been exciting. It’s not focused on one topic, and this is where true innovation lies.”
  • Joe Pirillo – “I’m Chris’ Dad, so I’m here to help out behind the scenes, but I also really just enjoy being here.”
  • Karianne Stinson – “Gnomedex is a conference where people talk about what they’re actually DOING, versus people telling about their grand ideas.”
  • Shauna Causey – “I love to hang out with geeks because I am a wannabe geek. Gnomedex rocks for that.”
  • Greg Young – “Television is moving more online every day. I like to keep up with current trends to see how new things can be incorporated into video and television.”
  • Liana Shanes – “I volunteer with Gnomedex because Chris always brings amazing content which helps me learn about things I would never have thought of before.”
  • Maya Bisineer – “The people here are brilliant, and the presentations are all intelligent.”
  • Ken Yeung – “There are a lot of friends here at Gnomedex.”
  • Chris Pirillo – “I come here because my face is on all of the badges! I put this conference on because it started out as just a way for my community to get together. This is a chance, though, to inspire others no matter what type of work they do, or where their passions lie. The idea of Human Circuitry is that our humanity is further influenced by the proliferation of technology.”

Thank you again to Michael and Uncle John for all of their hard work putting this together. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Creation Driven By The Power Of Tech

David Spark attended our recent Gnomedex on behalf of Dice. He stopped me for a couple of moments to talk about my ideas for this year. While we have no pre-planned agenda, a theme tends to emerge as we book our speakers. This year, the theme ended up being about the power of an individual.

We each have the power to do and to create without anyone asking us to. You have to get out there and do whatever it is you’re passionate about. Technology and social media have become our enablers.

Our presenters this year each had a story to tell. They created something without anyone’s approval and gathered interest as a result of their work. They are individuals with power — the power to create change.

Oh, and have you joined the community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube yet?

Win a Ticket to Gnomedex and Tungle With Chris Pirillo

Gnomedex is now officially only nine weeks away. Tickets are selling quickly, but the team at Tungle wants to make sure you don’t miss your chance to attend. They are giving away an all-access pass to the conference – a $300.00 value! Entering is easy, and the prize package is seriously cool (if I do say so myself!).

The winner will receive, courtesy of

  • 15 minutes of face time with Chris Pirillo
  • A invite
  • One free All-Access pass to Gnomedex
  • An armload of swag
  • Their winning post published on, and

What would you do with 15 minutes of face time with Chris during the conference? The sky is (almost) the limit. You can get some advice, pitch an idea to him, ask him to sing or dance or even challenge him to a quick game of Tetris. That time will be yours if your essay is chosen as the winner, and you can use it in whatever way you wish (within reason!).

Entering is simple: Blog your story titled “Why I Deserve to Tungle with Chris Pirillo at Gnomedex,” and send a link to the post to the Tungle Team. If you don’t have a blog, you could also create a video to upload, record a podcast or even draw a comic strip. The choice is yours, so be creative.

The best entry wins, and will be chosen by the Tungle team and Chris. The deadline for entering is July 31st, 2010. Travel, hotel and other expenses are not provided and you will be responsible for them.

Why do YOU feel you should get to Tungle with Chris Pirillo?

Put Location Awareness To Work At The O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference

The first Web 2.0 innovations helped us make new connections on a global scale. The rise of location-aware tools, linked with the growing ubiquity of real-time, social, and mobile, is swinging the pendulum back to the human and local scale.

Location has permeated our collective wisdom, informing our online and in-person experiences, our business models, and our ability to change the world. Location information is a force for both opportunity and disruption, ready to explode our assumptions about the limits of the internet operating system.

The dramatic increase in the number of products, companies, and people affected by the expansion of location technologies has shaped the 2010 edition of Where 2.0 into three distinct, simultaneous tracks:

How will the location ecosystem shake out as the big corporate rivalries heat up? Are mind-bending tools like augmented reality and 3D mapping delivering on their potential? What unconventional ideas are connecting the dots of location with mobile, social, and real-timethe other pillars of Web 2.0 — to create the next generation of killer apps, services, and devices?

Mission-critical technologies. Ideas that matter. Industry-shaping trends. Really smart people. Keep track of where the location conversation is going at the 2010 O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference.

Happening March 30-April 1, 2010 at the San Jose Marriott in San Jose, California, Where 2.0 brings together the people, projects, and issues building the new technological foundations and creating value in the location industry. Join with developers, technologists, CTOs, researchers, geographers, academics, business developers, and entrepreneurs to debate what’s viable now, and what’s lurking just below the radar. Learn more about Where 2.0.

Important Dates
The early registration discount extended until March 1, 2010. Register Today and Save $300.

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Register Now For Upcoming O’Reilly Webcasts And Online Conferences

There should be an image here!What people are saying about O’Reilly webcasts:

“Content superb, of course. But I also loved its “personality” — friendly, casual, expert, geeky: perfect!” — Heather Young

Don’t miss O’Reilly’s free upcoming online webcasts:

Check out the Webcast page for on-demand videos of past webcasts and more upcoming live events!

Upcoming online conferences include:

Gnomie Discount For Entrepreneur University

If you enjoyed Gnomedex and are excited about the prospects of starting your own business, or growing your startup, check out NWEN’s Entrepreneur University. On Thursday, November 5, come be inspired by nationally recognized speakers and local heroes, and put to work. With four interactive workshops peppered throughout the day, get your hands dirty wrestling with such challenges as “Will the dog eat the dog food? “How do I finance this puppy?” “How can I give my elevator pitch a lift?” and “How can I harness social media and take the power to the people?” Not to mention 90 minutes in which you can sit down with an investor one-on-one in the always-popular VC bistro… and/or sign up for a lunch date with experts in raising money, marketing, sales, law, and entrepreneurship.

NWEN is offering a special $25 discount to Lockergnome fans. You can register here. To get the discount, simply enter the promotion code: Pirillo, after entering your own email address.

*If you’re not a member of NWEN, your ticket will be discounted to $250 (from $275). This package deal includes a one-year NWEN membership (offered at $125), and a ticket to Entrepreneur University (otherwise offered at $150 to members).

If you are a member of NWEN, the price will be $125 (vs. $150).

Either way, this promotion is only available to the first 10 people who respond. Hope to see you there!

O’Reilly Ignites The World

Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media writes:

Ignites, where speakers get 20 slides and just 15 seconds a slide, have spread to almost 50 cities since starting in Seattle. Some of them are helped, sponsored, or coordinated by myself or other O’Reilly employees, but most of them are run by a local community. There are at least twenty Ignites happening around the world in the next two months (and I know of several that are in the planning stage). Check for one in your city below.

1st Ignite Amherst!
September 22, 2009
wünderarts – 383 Main Street
Amherst MA, United States

Ignite NYC 5 on September 23rd
September 23, 2009
New World Stages
New York City

Ignite Dublin #1
September 24, 2009
Trinity College, Pearse Street
Dublin, Ireland

Ignite Prague

September 28, 2009
Hergetova Ciheln
Submit a talk if you’re local!

Announcing Ignite Annapolis 10/1
October 1, 2009
Lowes Annapolis Hotel Powerhouse, 126 West Street
Annapolis MD, United States

Ignite Salt Lake 3.5
October 8, 2009
9690 South 300 West
Sandy UT, United States

Ignite DC #2 is October 8, 2009!
October 8, 2009
2009 8th St NW
Washington DC, USA

Announcing Ignite Austin 10/8
October 8, 2009

Ignite Sydney 3
October 8, 2009
Watershed Hotel, 198 Harbourside, Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW, Australia

Ignite Denver October 09
October 14, 2009
2620 Walnut St
Denver CO

Ignite Portugal to hold its 1st event ever!
October 15, 2009
Lisbon, Portugal

Ignite Spatial
October 22, 2009
Shelbourne Hotel
Sydney NSW, Australia

Ignite Baltimore #4
October 22, 2009
600 N. Charles St
Baltimore MD, USA

Announcing Ignite New Haven
October 23, 2009
New Haven CT

Ignite Phoenix #5 – November 3rd
November 3, 2009
700 W Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe AZ

Ignite Fort Collins #3
November 11, 2009
802 West Drake Road
Fort Collins CO, USA

Ignite Portland 7, November 12, 2009
November 12, 2009
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland OR, USA

Announcing the first Ignite London (UK), Nov 18
November 18, 2009
Ginglik – 1 Shepherds Bush Green
London, United Kingdom

First Ignite Waterloo!
November 25, 2009
10 King Street West
Kitchener Ontario, Canada

If you are curious about Ignite you can peruse our photogroup, watch the show, subscribe to the calendar or start your own!

Bringing Gnomedex To The Surface Or The Surface To Gnomedex?

Just learned of this today, had to share as I too will be attending Gnomedex once again this year. Have you ever wanted to try a Microsoft Surface? How about seeing one used for practical purposes like exchanging information with others or tracking the social media scene as the topic of Gnomedex floats around?

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So what is this Gnomedex? It’s like a tech conference… but without the hassles. That and I have found that when it comes to meeting new people, you will find only the cream of the crop is available for networking. In total honesty, it remains the single best conference I have ever attended… year after year.

Interested in attending? It appears that there are still a few “full” passes available, along with some of the other passes as well. If you are looking to attend a conference where you will finally have an opportunity to see just what Chris’ vision of human circuitry is all about, you will want to attend.


Meeting Minutes 101

Meeting minutes provide more of a purpose than just capturing discussion points. The minutes provide a formal record of the meeting, the individuals who participated, official topics discussed, decisions made and potential actions. In addition, participants can refer back to the minutes if they need to recount any of the specific information from the meeting.

Capturing the minutes does not entail writing down everything that is said during the course of a meeting. Minutes should only include essential elements.

If you find yourself having to take meeting minutes, here are a few pointers to ensure you capture the important information.

Before the meeting:

  • Note the meeting type, date, time, location, and name of the individual chairing the meeting.
  • Prepare an agenda in advance, leaving space to take notes.
  • Prepare a list of invitees. As people join the meeting, you can note who was or was not in attendance.
  • If you are also participating in the discussions, do you homework concerning agenda topics in advance and come prepared with your questions and comments. Otherwise, you will have to focus on understanding the topics and issues while capturing minutes.

During the meeting:

  • Choose the method of recording that best suits you. Some people find it easier to take minutes on a laptop while others prefer to capture them on a note pad.
  • Do not try to write down everything that is stated. Instead, write down the key points made during a discussion, decisions made and any potential action items.

After the meeting:

  • Prepare the minutes as soon as possible after the meeting while the information is still fresh in your mind.
  • Provide the meeting chair with a copy of the minutes for review prior to sending out to all attendees.
  • Send out a copy of the minutes to all invitees once it has been reviewed by the meeting chair person.


Do It With Drupal

Study the techniques and technologies for building successful Web sites and online communities at the Do It With Drupal seminar.

For three days in scenic New Orleans, you’ll learn from some of this powerful free software’s top developers, hear from community-building experts, examine successful Drupal sites, and meet other Web professionals, developers, designers, and decision makers interested in expanding their Drupal knowledge.

Until November 21st, register for Do It With Drupal for $100 off with the coupon code DOITWITHPIRILLO at checkout!