Flash unplugged is coming to (London) town

Recently I conducted a small-scale poll on possible names for a Flex/AIR/AS3 conference. The overwhelming majority of the votes rejected all of my suggestions, so I had to go back to the drawing board.

By chance a twitter-friend – Rob Parsons – suggested I should use either the term “plugged in” or “unplugged” in the name. This simple suggestion led me to a name I like, that isn’t a rip off of existing conference names: Flash Unplugged. So, should he want it, Rob wins a free ticket to Flash Unplugged.

Everything at the moment is extremely provisional, not least because I’m still awaiting permission from Adobe to use their trademarks in the event name and promotional material. Please bear in mind therefore that absolutely everything about the following may be subject to complete change. With that little disclaimer out of the way, here are the details of what is so far planned:

  1. The event will be a not-for-profit one. I’m organising it to improve myself as a developer, not to make money from it. (this is not subject to change BTW 🙂 )
  2. The event will hopefully occur at Skills Matter in London. If it does, they will be providing much of the venue and facilities free of charge in exchange for being the main sponsor.
  3. The event should take place sometime during or after November 2011 (remember, this is only a wish-for date at the moment, so don’t be surprised if it slips into 2012.)
  4. I’m planning on running a two day conference, with around 10-12 sessions.
  5. Those sessions will be roughly split three ways between Flex, AIR and professional AS3 development.
  6. The conference will hopefully be for 50-100 people, so there will be excellent opportunities to get to know other attendees.
  7. Ticket prices will be kept as low as possible. I’m not sure yet of the price, but my aim is that the amount raised from ticket sales should cover costs and expenses only.

As previously mentioned, currently all of this is waiting on Adobe saying “yes” to my plans (it’s their trademarks I’ll be stomping all over, so that’s only fair.) So more news as and when…