I’m headed to Greensboro, NC this weekend to speak at ConvergeSouth. I’ll be giving a presentation titled “Free and Open Source Tools for Business” where I’ll explain all the different tools and services we use both at Kelsey Advertising & Design and at 2BigFeet.com. It’ll be more than just an overview, I’m going to show how we use them to increase productivity, and explain why they’re even better than some of their commercial counterparts.
The lineup of speakers and presentations is impressive to say the least. My good friends Patrick O’Keefe and Wayne Sutton are giving a talk titled “Personal Branding & How to Break Into Social Media” which I can’t wait to hear. There will also be a videoconference with Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and of course, the keynote with Brent Payne, SEO Director for the Chicago Tribune. There’s a little bit of everything, from business and marketing to social media and development. Check out the schedule to see the full lineup.
Several speakers are also hosting dinners on Friday night. There is no fee to attend a hosted dinner, but you do have to buy your own meal. I’ll be hosting a dinner with Jeff Cohen and Trey Pennington at The Summit Station. It’s a great opportunity to network with the speakers and other attendees and enjoy a great meal. If you’re coming to ConvergeSouth, you should definitely register for one of the hosted dinners.