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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!
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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