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Dear friends of the Mathematica persuasion, October is nearing and one rather obvious possibility to get personally in touch with WRI developers and Mathematica users at the same time in a big way (and make new users aware of this site) is the Wolfram Technology Conference in Champaign, IL from October 21-23.

I have been to this conference several times and can highly recommend it, both from a professional and personal point of view (2012, 2011, ...). Additionally, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Mathematica, so the good people at WRI are bound to make sure of some special events as well.

Last year StackExchange offered support to help send a member of Mathematica.SE to the conference, and you can have a look at some results of that here. After my very positive experience last year (thanks, folks!), it should be worth to have another go at bolstering the Mathematica.SE percentage in Champaign.

So please post an answer to this question containing your arguments why you would like to to go to Champaign and receive SE support, what you would contribute etc.. Simply posting "yes" will not be helpful, you need to sell your case to SE and show the benefit to the site.

Please read this Q&A on how best to further our/your chances to get support

Quoting:

  • Who is going?

  • What conference is it, and what will you be doing there, besides attending?

  • When is the conference running? We need at least a month’s lead time to help you get your approval. If you’re under or near that before posting, you might want to think about next year instead.

  • Where is the conference located and how do you intend to get there?

  • Why should the community approve you to go to this sponsorship? More importantly, why should the community approve going to this specific conference? Basically, what will you do to bring this learning back to the community?

... and look at last year´s thread to get an idea.

Also, please don´t be too shy, because the conference is nearing quickly.

PS: Attendants who are already comfortably booked should also post a comment just to get an idea who will be there in any case. Also, getting swag in form of pens, sticker or even t-shirts should be possible, but someone should volunteer to distribute that during the conference.

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  • Comfortably booked. See you there.
    – rcollyer
    Sep 3, 2013 at 12:46
  • @rcollyer nice! Although my situation right now is rather unclear, not sure if I´ll be able to attend...
    – Yves Klett
    Sep 3, 2013 at 13:20
  • Well that's too bad. If you have the time, put in a proposal, and I'll upvote it. We need our raining snippet champion there! :)
    – rcollyer
    Sep 3, 2013 at 17:02
  • @rcollyer I´m feeling kinda thick - whut is a raining snippet champion?
    – Yves Klett
    Sep 3, 2013 at 17:39
  • I have no idea what it is called, but the 140 character code contest.
    – rcollyer
    Sep 3, 2013 at 18:04
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    @RHall no-one has applied, yet, so it looks like you stand a good chance to me.
    – rcollyer
    Sep 4, 2013 at 1:57
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    @RHall please apply - let´s have some action around here.
    – Yves Klett
    Sep 4, 2013 at 8:38
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    @rcollyer speaking of the one-liner contest Simon Woods needs to submit some enhancement of the GradientFilter animation.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Sep 4, 2013 at 10:28
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    @rcollyer look in chat: 9 times starred!
    – Yves Klett
    Sep 4, 2013 at 12:45
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    @YvesKlett I rarely run random bits of code, but that is so cool! Now 10 times starred, and pinned.
    – rcollyer
    Sep 4, 2013 at 12:48
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    @RHall as far as I understand (from last year) the "applicaton" is an answer to this question and will be voted on as such in the regular SE fashion. That will also be useful if tseveral people apply.
    – Yves Klett
    Sep 5, 2013 at 11:43
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    @wxffles Dunedin, New Zealand? (8593 miles, according to GeoDistance.) Sep 9, 2013 at 2:32
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    @BrettChampion Correct! You win a prize. I might post you an albatross or something.
    – wxffles
    Sep 9, 2013 at 5:31
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    @wxffles ohhh, can I get one too, I want one badly, ever since the rescuers?
    – Yves Klett
    Sep 9, 2013 at 16:10
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    Albatrosses for everyone!
    – wxffles
    Sep 10, 2013 at 3:18

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OK I'd like to attend the Wolfram Technology Conference and would like to be sponsored by Mathematica Stack Exchange community. As I only live a few hundred miles north of Wolfram HQ, I plan on attending this conference to gain a small portion of the knowledge my mentors here have been sharing with me, in hopes that I could do the same for others here on MMSE. I have been active on MMSE for quite some time and there's not a day that goes by where I don't find some new tip or trick in the questions and answers here. On the drive down I plan to pick up Szabolcs on the way to make sure another SE member also get's to experience the speakers and teaching available at this conference. I'm also looking forward to meeting and networking with other users and feel comfortable explaining my experiences with the benefits of MMSE over even Wolfram Support in some cases. I plan to blog & tweet about my experience, as I believe this will be an amazing time of interest to all the MMSE community. Thanks for your consideration!

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  • I'd like to hear more about your experiences in the imaging field, so you have my upvote.
    – rcollyer
    Sep 6, 2013 at 3:24
  • @rcollyer I fixed the links to the website. The information your requesting is available at the bottom of the front page.
    – R Hall
    Sep 6, 2013 at 14:02
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    Cool. I used to work for a large copier/printer manufacturer, and I get curious every once in a while.
    – rcollyer
    Sep 6, 2013 at 14:06
  • Did you get any feedback from SE yet? Seems like your application would be the one to go with...
    – Yves Klett
    Oct 7, 2013 at 11:22
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    @YvesKlett Yes SE is covering the hotel and conference costs. Meals and travel are mine. Thanks!
    – R Hall
    Oct 10, 2013 at 21:25
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    @RHall Excellent! Breakast and lunch and one dinner are included anyway :-) Looking forward to your coverage and have a jolly good time!
    – Yves Klett
    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:00
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    Cool. See you there.
    – rcollyer
    Oct 18, 2013 at 20:19
  • @RHall how´s the conference so far?
    – Yves Klett
    Oct 22, 2013 at 14:14
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    @YvesKlett Amazing cool new things coming to Mathematica 10! New blog post about day one posted here: pixelologie.com/?page_id=165
    – R Hall
    Oct 22, 2013 at 19:08
  • @RHall I say! Well done, thanks for the very informative and entertaining blog!
    – Yves Klett
    Oct 29, 2013 at 13:14
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    @YvesKlett Wolfram called today to ask me to remove most of my blog posts, because they violated the NDA everyone had to sign to pick up your badge. Seems they were supposed to inform us that everything was covered under NDA during each session but did not, so oops, I quickly apologized and removed the information they requested. They also told me that future conference will be the same, so if we sponsor another member next year blogging and tweeting shouldn’t be a suggested requirement. Totally great conference though! Thanks everyone for voting me in!
    – R Hall
    Oct 30, 2013 at 21:42

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