The recent SES Toronto get's a slap with this post by searchengineoptimizer for being too basic. "I didn't get very much out of this conference - found it to be VERY basic info..."...
The expected rally round from SEW mods and responsibles was expected, though done well, and Danny popped in at msg #9 to say..
Chris will have to comment more on the Canadian show. What I can say is doing advanced topics is a challenge when you only have two days and two presentation tracks. You have to cover a ton of basic stuff because there's a ton of new people always coming into the space.
The US shows have matured into the four day, four-to-five track formats. There's much more space to spread out and get into more advanced things. The networking has also matured there with the recent birds-of-a-feather tables.
I'm sure you'll see the Canadian show grow along the same lines.
Which sounds reasonable. Reading through the comments though, you get the impression even seasoned SES speakers are bored with "sessions" and do most of their learning in the bar (suprise!)...
Whichever way you look at it, SES NY took a lot of money, and im assuming it was profitable also. On the basis that i've never attended an SES it would be unreasonable to comment further, so I will, with a couple of questions:
- Has SES become too mainstream, or is the bar worth it?
- Is he expecting the wrong thing, ie. is lack of advanced topics at conferences the norm? (im guessing so, and think that's a good thing.)