Reading about all these different conferences and informal gatherings of late. My thought has been that this is something that is really lacking in other parts of the United States. Gnomedex was originally conceived in Des Moines, IA. But it has now moved on to other cities. Most recently and most likely again next year in Seattle, WA. Comdex no longer takes place once a year in Chicago. Actually it’s a pretty dead event altogether. So what are geeks who don’t live in Seattle, San Francisco or Silicon Valley to do? It’s not like there aren’t some serious technology companies headquartered in Chicago and the St. Louis area. Feedburner is an example of a Chicago technology company.
Champaign-Urbana here in Illinois is where todays modern browser got it’s start. Are you going to tell me all the geeks have left this area? There aren’t enough of us in this region to put together an informal gathering where we can share ideas and have fun? It seems obvious to me that the idea of the old Homebrew Computer Club hasn’t been lost on some people. Unfortunately all of them seem to live in or around the major tech cities. I have a hard time believing there aren’t geeks in other parts of the US who would like to get together and share ideas without having to hop on an airplane and go west.
This get together doesn’t have to be the size of Mind Camp. Heck it might be fun to go old school gorilla and just meet up at a restaurant somewhere and then maybe go hunting for wireless access. All I know is I can’t be the only one who feels this is a good idea in this part of the world. There have to be others of you out there that are looking for something like this as well.
To be honest I’m not holding out much hope that a free event will pop up in this region anytime soon. Maybe this is one of those if you build it they will come situations. Or maybe the interest just isn’t there. To me it seems if some of us could get together and put a plan in place. We could have our own little tech gathering.
The Midwest needs it’s own technology Woodstock!! I hereby declare the need for Techstock 2005 or 2006.