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2015 Call for Speakers!
We are now accepting session proposals for PUG Challenge Americas 2015, the premiere face-to-face conference for Progress OpenEdge users in the Americas!
The deadline for submissions is February 8th. Proposals that are submittted after that date will be wait-listed.
Proposals must be submitted via our Proposal Web Form
PUG Challenge Americas 2015 is June 7-10
We have over 50 technical break-out sessions planned (you can personally attend up to 16 of them and send your teammates to the rest!) plus 5 workshops, the vendor expo, a Partner Track, commercial sessions, “Info Exchanges”, an “Offsite Adventure” and endless opportunities to network with your peers and the Progress engineers.
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Why attend PUG Challenge?
Rob Willoughby said:
I was a first time attendee last year. I've also done some of the PUGs remotely. It was 1000% better attending in person. Not only do you get to meet lots of folks from the PEG, but also non-PEGGERS and lots of PROGRESS employees as well.
The Sunday workshops are fantastic - you get hands on training step-by-step, with the both PROGRESS and non-PROGRESS experts to assist you. Later on in the week, there will be sessions discussing what you just learned by people who've been using it in the real world. If this doesn't get you jazzed about how this applies to your own job, then perhaps nothing ever will.
The pricing for this whole trip was very reasonable. I did have to work our execs a bit to get this trip approved last year. But it was well worth it. It was simply the best work-related experience I've ever had, and I'm glad I was talked into it.
Rob Fitzpatrick said:
To those who can't *get* budget, I say: *make* budget.
It's under $500 for a ticket and $99 per night, three nights in a hotel. And once you're there you have almost no expenses.
So yes, pay for it yourself, take a three-day vacation, drive to Westford, and immerse yourself in the best Progress conference there is. Soak up all the session goodness. Network your brains out. Personally, I've paid more money on various personal-development expenses (courses, seminars, books, etc.) and got less out of them than I got from attending PUG Challenge.
And when you get back and implement changes at the office that make you more efficient and valuable and save the company money, be very vocal about how you got this knowledge and that you expect the company to foot the bill next year.
PUG Challenge Is:
- Technical: 50+ breakout sessions over 3 days!
- Independent: Put on by Progress users for Progress users!
- Focused: 16 time slots that you can attend a breakout!
- Varied: Topics covering the 4GL, database, integration, complementary technologies and more!
- Practical: Topics cover the technology that you actually have as well as The Next Big Thing!
- Inexpensive: Early bird registration is just $475 and the hotel room rate is just $99/night!
- Relaxing: No loud bands or circus acts -- just a couple hundred of your peers and Progress engineers being geeks together!
Are you registered yet? pugchallenge.org/register.html