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I’m at the first annual (hopefully) WirelessLAN Professionals Conference in Austin, Texas and this is my first blog post. So, I guess that makes this my first blog. I’m a little nervous that people will find out I’m a phony, not all that professional, and may say something stupid. Actually, I’ve already done that so I probably shouldn’t worry about it anymore.
I’ve been looking forward to this event for months. Since my love affair with WiFi started a few years ago I’ve been eager to learn. Fortunately, thanks to Twitter I’ve been able to grow in my knowledge by following so many wonderful people that are part of the wireless community. The chance to meet many of these people at an event specifically geared around this new passion was one I was not about to miss.
I haven’t been disappointed. We’ve had interesting sessions. We received a ridiculously great “schwag” bag (if you can call $10k of professional WLAN tools schwag). We’ve gotten to enjoy really cool TED-style, 10-minute “Ten-Talks”. But, most of all I’ve gotten to meet and experience great people.
I don’t know of any “Industry” event I’ve ever been to that is more about relationship building, equipping, and training people to do what they love. Maybe we’re still in the “Wild West” of WiFi. Maybe we’re just the vocal minority, but it really makes you feel like you’re at cusp of some big secret that nobody knows and I get to be part of it. I’ll be able to say, “I was at the first one. I got to see @wifinigel get his CWNE!”
Crud, I have to get some sleep.