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Thanks to Gander, I think about email more than the average person, though not in the way the average person thinks about email.  Meaning: I think about the medium—how it looks, feels, functions, shifts--much more than I think about the messages therein. Which can get a bit rabbit holingly meta, after a while, as I’m interacting as an individual with the front-end of a service whose backend I’m developing for the masses.

Luckily, there is a spate of upcoming conferences designed to steer me, and other email app/service/tool/content creators back on course.  If I’ve missed one, let me know in the comments!

1)   Microsoft Exchange Conference

  • What: A conference about Microsoft’s  popular mail server, a new edition of which is coming out this quarter.
  • For whom: IT admins, CIOs
  • Where: Orlando, FL
  • When: September 23-26th, 2012
  • Speakers: Lots of Microsoft folk, plus MCMs and MVPs including Paul Robichaux, Tony Redmond, and Glen Scales
  •  How much: $2,000

2)   Inbox Love

  • What: Infrastructure, platforms, tech innovation, productivity and workflow solutions, customer acquisition, retention, and deliverability techniques
  • For whom: Developers, Admins, Marketing, Business Users
  • Where: Mountain View, CA
  • When: October 24th, 2012
  • Speakers:  2012 not posted, but last year’s lineup included Productivity maestros, back-end butlers, rankers, social marketers, and shepherds, including Isaac Saldana (SendGrid), John Robb (VMWare Zimbra), Mark Schmulen (Constant Contact), Jared Goralnick (AwayFind), Dave McClure (500 Startups), and Pierre Khawand (People-OnTheGo).
  • How much: $199-299 (startup), $399-499 (business, investor, et al)

3)   The Expert’s Conference Europe

  • What: Strategies and innovations in Exchange, Active Directory, ForeFront Identity Manger, Virtualization, and Workspace Management
  • For whom: IT admins
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain
  • When: October 22-24th, 2012
  • Speakers: Chief Engineers, Architects, and Developers in the aforementioned areas, including David Sengupta (Quest), Greg Taylor (Microsoft), Gil Kirkpatrick (Quest), Brian Puhl (Microsoft), Guido Grillenmeier (HP)
  • How much: € 1350

4)   E2Innovate

  • What: The full landscape of enterprise tech, from collaboration to gamifcation to analytics to security and compliance.
  • For whom: Marketing, IT, Business Analysts
  • Where: Santa Clara, CA
  • When: November 12-15th, 2012
  • Speakers: CIOs, Business Strategists/Consultants, VCs, including Ben Fried (Google), Michael Fauscette (IDC), Fritz Nelson (Information Week), Asheem Chandna (Greylock Partners)
  • How much: $1795-2495

5)   Email Evolution Conference 2013

  • What: Innovations in the email- and digital marketing worlds
  • For whom: Email/Social Media Marketers
  • Where: Miami Beach, Florida
  • When: February 6, 2013
  • Speakers: 2013 not posted; last year’s lineup included Ben Rothfeld (StrongMail), Karen Talavera (Synchronicity Marketing), John Reynolds (REI), and Sanije Gjokaj (Scholastic)
  • How much: $1249 (members)- $1449 (non-members)

6)   AIIM Conference

  • What: Information management technologies, concepts, and strategies.
  • For whom: Pretty much anyone who uses an internal information hub, be it SharePoint or Box or Zoho or Google Apps.
  • Where: New Orleans, LA
  • When: March 20-22, 2013
  • Speakers: Chroniclers and analysts of the contemporary worker, including Seth Godin, David Pogue, David Weinberger, and Thorton May
  • How much: not yet available