Today's full day Windows Azure workshop marked the end of the CloudBurst2012 conference. Exhausted and drained, but unable to stop smiling, I am now sitting at the airport ready to head back home to Malmö.
There are so many positive things I'd like to say about so many that I don't know where to start or how to stop. Let me give it a shot and attempt to be brief (beware of an epic #FAIL).
Attendees present and online
Thank you for taking the time to be with us! We filled the large conference room at Microsoft.se (with over 100 delegates) and had a full house at our Saturday workshop day (with near to 40 participants). I couldn't be more pleased with the attendance numbers. Half of our venue was being remodeled and we had to cram into the remaining space giving us a very warm and comfy feeling in the halls as well as in the conference room.
But the thing that really blew us away and that we certainly did not expect was the massive online attendance for our show. I guess getting a tweet from Mr.Red Shirt himself the Gu was not a bad thing:
(Scott Guthrie @scottgu: "Don't miss #CloudBurst2012! A two day #WindowsAzure conference from Sweden streamed online (in English): http://www.streamshed.com/microsoft/cloudburst.htm")
That and other people who kindly tweeted about our event pulled in a lot of folks watching the online stream. Certainly some only stayed for minutes but we also had online attendees who stayed with us for hours on end! Here are the numbers and countries who followed us:
Day one 776 online viewers from 48 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg. Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey. Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Sweden.
Day two 313 online viewers from 27 countries: United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, United States, France, Denmark, India, Slovakia, Australia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Norway, Portugal, Brazil, Finland, Canada, Italy, Colombia, New Zealand, Switzerland, China, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria and Sweden.
Countries with 10 or more viewers both days: Sweden (312 viewers), United Kingdom (156 viewers), USA (120 viewers), Belgium (77 viewers), Germany (45 viewers), India (36 viewers), Denmark (28 viewers), Norway (27 viewers), Australia (20 viewers), Netherlands (18 viewers), Finland (16 viewers), France (15 viewers), Portugal (14 viewers), Canada (14 viewers), Brazil (13 viewers) and Poland (13 viewers).
The numbers and global reach speaks for itself – also the very fine Windows Azure based streaming services from StreamShed paved the way for that success! The lower numbers on the Friday certainly comes from that – it was a Friday and also from the fact that we got greater social media attention the day the conference started.
Thank you all who were attending physically and online!
Without a great line up of really seasoned and professional speakers – no great event! So naturally BIG thanks to the Speakers of CloudBurst2012: Dominick Baier, Maarten Balliauw, Peter Bryntesson, Brady Gaster, NunoGodinho, Alan Smith, Christian Weyer – and to complete the lineup I guess myself too – Magnus Mårtensson.
Our aim in this respect with the conference was to bring proven pros because we knew that they can deliver. If you all, dear speakers, would read the praise hosed over you in our attendee evaluations you would likely blush all of you!
Enabling CloudBurst2012 to be a free event to attend with great speakers and all other arrangements owes thanks to our sponsors: Microsoft, KnowIT, AddSkills and Active Solution. It was great to get great support and we are really thankful!
Last but not least thanks to my brothers in arms. We were three people creating CloudBurst2012. It was a great pleasure to work with Alan Smith and Barry O'Reilly in the months before and in the days during this event!
Already I am looking forward to CloudBurst2013!
Well – that's that folks! Signing off for this conference and looking forward to the next!
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