I don’t get to as many conferences as I’d like to during the year. I have yet to go to Code Mash, I missed out on Code PaLOUsa, and I envy everyone tweeting from VSLive (especially since Aria is a great place), but one conference I always make sure to attend is Kalamazoo X. I’ve attended this conference for the past two years and didn’t hesitate when I was invited to take advantage of early bird registration for this year’s event. It’s a four-hour drive from Indianapolis but it’s always well worth the trip.
I’ve mentioned this before but Kalamazoo X isn’t like other developer conferences. Instead of focusing on the latest frameworks and toys, Kalamazoo X looks at things like communication skills, process improvement, and design. I generally view it as a personal and career development conference for geeks.
The organizers have traditionally done a great job pulling this event together. With speakers including Leon Gersing, Jeff Blankenburg, Tim Wingfield, and Joe O’Brien this year should be no exception.
Kalamazoo X is on April 21 from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (check the conference site for full logistics). If you’re free that day I highly recommend registering. It’ll likely cost you less than seeing a movie but the lessons will last for years to come. You won’t be disappointed.