Although I don’t live in southern California, I often try to coordinate mini-vacations to coincide with SoCal Code Camp, an event organized by Woody Pewitt for the software development community. The event is essentially a mini-trade conference, without a lot of the noise and ceremony of the larger conferences. For two days, software developers take over a large portion of one of the universities in southern California to share information about technologies and techniques important to software developers.
Since the event is free, I like to contribute in some way for the generally excellent content that is made available to attendees. In my case, “paying rent” means presenting material. This year I presented material related to this blog – memory techniques. Software developers need to absorb and retain a ton of information, and most of that information becomes obsolete in just a few years. Being a software developer means constantly retraining oneself, constantly reading and learning. Therefore, I thought that a presentation about using your memory more effectively would be well received. I gave the same presentation last year, and I was stunned at how many people attended and how much positive feedback I got.
I registered my session late this year, only signing up a week before the conference. Despite that, the session was well-attended and everyone seemed interested and engaged, which is all a presenter can hope for. If you were one of those attending, thank you!
The slides for the presentation can be found on Slide Share at: http://www.slideshare.net/GaryHoffman/hacking-your-memory