Awesome Conferences

Episode 6: Why I'm excited about Usenix LISA: The Student Discount

Conferences aren't cheap. However, if you are a student be sure to read all the way to the end of the registration page where the student discounts are listed. Students make out like bandits... and that's a good thing.

My first Usenix was, um, well, it was a long time ago (most students today weren't born then). As a student I was able to get in for little money, I think my department chair chipped in a little, and I crashed on the couch of a local friend's parents.

That first Usenix conference changed my life. It was the first time I had real interaction with the Unix community and I learned more in those brief few days than I had in my past year of school. I also got to meet many of the open source gurus that I had only read about. The interesting thing about Usenix conferences is that the celebrities are available to talk with; they aren't roped off in some "green room" and unavailable.

I encourage all students to attend LISA. It helped me get my start, and it can really help you too.

Usenix LISA is in San Jose, CA from November 7-12, 2010. There are many discounts available. Early registration (for non-students) ends Monday, October 18.

See you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Community

1 Comment

I'm having a hard time deciding on what to attend, my company only wants to spend around $1k on my trip. I'm right here in Chico, CA, and we have a branch office in San Jose, so I'm already saving money by driving down. At first they only approved the 3 days of technical sessions package, but I kind of wanted to get some training too, I was thinking about 2 half days of training and 1 half day of technical sessions. Now just to decide on what to go to! Whew! I just wish I could go the whole week and not have to worry about choosing.