In hindsight, here are the things I think everyone should know about CIL (and perhaps why you should go next year):
- The conference sessions are solidified several months in advance, unlike some association conferences where the schedule is cast in concrete 1+ years in advance. And the Cyber Tours are decided within a few weeks of the conference. This means that the sessions are going to be more relevant to what is happening in the world.
- There is always something presented that you should know, need to know, and can use.
- Everyone at CIL -- participants, speakers, and staff -- are very accessible and welcoming. Got something on your mind? Let's talk!
- LobbyCon -- the ad hoc unconference that happens everywhere (and all the time) -- is very informative.
- Information Today, Inc. (ITI) really tries very hard to make it a good conference experience for everyone and they are attentive to our needs. One of the things they do is to actually build a wireless network for the conference. And when we overwhelm the network, they quickly expand it.
- CIL doesn't replace an association conference, but it will put you in contact with people and ideas that you might not discover at an association conference.
- Thanks to the extended ITI/CIL staff. You all make this event possible!
- Thanks to everyone I talked with, ate with, hung out with, and listened to. You ROCK!
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