I’ve noticed a couple of items that irk me concerning MAX2006.
First up is the lack of sessions concerning Flash Media Server 2. Although I can’t really say I’m too surprised because lately Adobe has just not even been trying to push FMS to the masses. There have been a couple of good big dollar items they’ve been working on and getting out, all concerning video of course, but for the community it’s just been a serious lack of commitment for some reason. I’m guessing it’s from a lack of time etc, but still… It’s odd in a way because it’s such a cool cool technology. It sure would be nice to see a bit more energy going FMS’s way in the conferences and seminars.
The second item is the issue concerning the non payment nor reimbursement of travelling and lodging expenses. There are a couple of guys that blogged about it, Guy and Aral so far, and they bring up a good point in that if Adobe is charging 1000 bucks a head to have people come and listen to the speakers.. why not pay the speakers? No speakers no attendees right?
But on the flip side there are a lot of people out there that would present for free. Some will do it because they believe in the conference as a great idea or feeling etc, others will do it for their portfolio, that in itself is great payment to some. Others do it for a bit of fame, experience, fun, and whatnot.
This is most noticeable in WebDU in Australia run by Geoff Bowers and Daemon. I’ve been twice and wouldn’t think for a second not to go again if invited on my own dime (if I have the money..). They pay NOTHING to the speakers, but you get treated very well, it’s not a major corporate hand out tons of business cards, make all the contacts, lets-all-make-lots-of-money style of conference. WebDU is definitely the coolest conference I’ve been to so far and I’ve managed to make some very good friends there. I really like their style. I’m quite apalled that Aral has put WebDU in the same boat as MAX.. they are not even remotely close. Has Aral even been? Shame on you.
Back on topic on that though, I don’t agree that Adobe can’t afford to get the speakers there, or at least provide accomodation. Such a HUGE corporation should be doing these things for the community, and if that requires “supporting” the speakers, then so be it. Such is the way of the bean counter I suppose. It’s just not worth it enough for them I guess. I’ll never understand the workings into that.