# Friday, October 28, 2011

We arrived at the pub ready to celebrate.

"Where's Leon?"
"I thought you brought him?"
"He must be back at the conference site?"
"Did anyone call him?"
"I think his cell phone is out of charge."
"I'll get him on Twitter"
"I'll drive back and get him."

The bad news is that we left our keynote speaker back at the conference venue.

The good news is that was about the only thing that went wrong at GANG10.

Almost a hundred people showed up to take in the tenth anniversary celebration of the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group (GANG). Those who gave up their Saturday got to hear six excellent speakers giving six great presentations.Most of these speakers were those who had built GANG in the early days to the model it is today. The lineup was impressive, as you can see below

Speaker Topic
Leon Gersing You
Bill Wagner Async Programming: Past, Present and Future
Josh Holmes HTML5 for Mobile
Richard Hale Shaw Programming in the Zone: Learning to Monitor and Manage Your Mental State and Discipline
Darrell Hawley A Tale of Project Management
Godfrey Nolan Executable Requirements or BDD for .NET

In addition to great technical content, no one left hungry. A continental breakfast was followed up by a barbecue lunch from Lockhart's of Royal Oak, which was followed up by afternoon cider, donuts and apples from Franklin's Cider Mill.

There were also some fun videos showing off the history of GANG. One video featured old photos of GANG meetings, officers, speakers, and members; the next showed technology leaders from around the world wishing GANG a happy birthday; and the final video was a series of video clips of GANG presentations from the past couple years.

As at all GANG meetings, there was plenty of opportunity to network with and learn from other bright developers in the area who were attending.

Before heading home, we gave away thousands of dollars in prizes.

My friend Jim even agreed to videotape every presentation. Watch this site to learn when these videos are edited and published.


Feedback was universally positive. An online survey e-mailed to attendees a few days after the event returned the following comments:

"Thanks for organizing it!"
"I wished we didn't have to rush through the last speaker."
"It was a great event, different from a user group and not the typical single track. Enjoyed it a lot and would love to see one more often."
"Very much enjoyed all presentation. Actually liked focus of event on "non coding/super technical" topics."
"Enjoyed networking with new people, getting some new project ideas, and learning about some new techniques."
"Great Event"
"really good event:
"It was a great event and i learned new good work technique. Special thanks to LEON GERSING.:
"LEON GERSING's topic was very inspiring to my career and life!"
"GREAT event. Can't wait for GANG 20. Thanks!:
"I wasn't just satisfied. This was an awesome event! Thanks to David Giard for putting together this fabulous event."
"Had a great time. Thanks for letting me participate!"
"Very nice job!"
"I was hoping for more technical speeches, overall very interesting discussions and the presenters were very knowledgeable."
"Many thanks to all those who made this event such a success."


I had a blast at GANG10 and I was thrilled to see that everyone else seemed to be enjoying themselves.

And Leon eventually made it to the pub, where we were able to celebrate a successful celebration.

Photos from GANG10

Friday, October 28, 2011 5:56:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thursday, December 15, 2011 5:15:27 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
LOL, yeah, I eventually got there so it's all good! Thanks for sharing this recap. it was a great event and I was honored to be apart of it.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:11:54 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I've been looking for a post like this fovreer (and a day)
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