24 Replies Latest reply on May 7, 2012 9:52 PM by RJKSolutions

    UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012

    Ahmad Fattahi

      OSIsoft Users Conference 2012 (UC 2012) was the biggest event ever with a lot of energy around new releases (PI Server 2012). Partners and customers also brought a lot to the table in the Expo and all across the presentations, lounges, and hallways. The vCampus team had a strong presence throughout the event with our stand in the Social Lounge and the notorious green t-shirts! We met with a lot of existing and potential vCampus members. We also handed out a 45-day trial subscription to OSIsoft vCampus for the UC attendees. If you know someone who attended the UC and is interested in the trial please let us/them know.

       

      With that behind us, vCampus Live! 2012 is approaching faster than we can imagine! We have already started planning and brainstorming about the event to make it bigger and better than ever! Last year we added the hands-on angle to the event which was received very well by you, the community.

       

      For one thing, we are planning to have hands-on sessions again and will plan them better to iron out the wrinkles we experienced in 2011. Also, the new venue is recently renovated, looks much more modern, and is literally steps away from the world-famous San Francisco Union Square!

       

      Let us know what you would or would not like to see in vCampus Live! 2012. This is the perfect time to express your ideas. Looking forward to seeing your comments here!

        • Re: UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012

          Assuming you guys still have the thread with immediate feedback from last year's event...an addition to that list would be a challenge.  Some form of challenge that runs throughout the 2 days, and the winner(s) are announced in the closing ceremony/event - you know, the closing event that you guys are going to add this year.

            • Re: UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012
              Ahmad Fattahi

              Challenges are getting more and more popular. In fact we are organizing a challenge alongside this conference for non-PI developers. This should give us a very good insight into how this would be run and what we should expect out of it.

               

              At the same time, some of the comments we got last year was that there were too many things going on at vCampus Live! in parallel. We need to be wary of the balance as well.

                • Re: UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012

                  Don't forget the superhero ties for OSIsoft staff:

                   

                  vcampus.osisoft.com/.../2961.aspx

                   

                  A bit far out there, how about a live community project or code snippet(s) that is developed in the evenings of vCampus Live (when we should be drinking beer)?  We decide on what topic in the weeks leading up to the vCampus Live.

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                      MvanderVeeken

                      I'm all for having some kind of coding challenge/hackathon at vCampus Live! 2012. Maybe we could have it as a Day 0 event? As Ahmad stated, the event itself is already packed with sessions. Having a Day 0 coding challenge could be pretty awesome.

                       

                      The vCampus Team had the opportunity to tour our new hotel in San Francisco (yes, vCampus Live! 2012 is going to be in a different hotel...) And the new hotel is super duper awesome. It has a great atmosphere, and has a great vibe to it. The venue has some great opportunities to have some sort of a programming challenge. And, don't worry. It is very close to the Palace, but at an even better location! We will share more details shortly!

                      • Re: UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012
                        RyanBrown

                        If you are talking about doing a PI Hackathon then that sounds brilliant. Be very interesting to see what different people come up with in a few hours. The ones I've seen in the past came up with great ideas.

                         

                        Only problem is beer is mandatory in these events

                         

                        Also we here on VCampus that might not't make it might like some tweets on what is happening when you all get together.

                          • Re: UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012

                            So how about a Day 0 coding challenge (Community Project?) streamed live - maybe not as an "organised" event but a web cam or two left running in the war room so big brother (Ryan ) is always watching?  OSIsoft can supply the red bull (other leading energy drinks providers are available).

                              • Re: UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012
                                Ahmad Fattahi

                                Looks like we are getting somewhere with this idea! Can you think of or are you leaning toward any specific topic or technology for the challenge?

                                 

                                Keep the ideas coming!

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                                    RyanBrown

                                    Big Brother - Thanks Rhys If we want to take it a step further perhaps some kind of remote controlled arm to prod those who fall asleep coding.

                                     

                                    Not sure about ideas. Personally I am very interested in seeing mobile phone development or iPad development.

                                     

                                    Maybe you could wait till the day for ideas and when teams get together they can think up their own ideas - that's how they usually do it and it opens it up for lots of different things. On the last day you could also show case the winning idea.

                                     

                                    If you do it you need some kind of prize I think.

                                      • Re: UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012
                                        Ahmad Fattahi

                                        That's absolutely right, we would want this to be as open as possible. On the other hand, we need to provide some infrastructure/servers/data/software for the participants. That's why we need to have some idea in advance

                                         

                                        By the way, maybe you can delegate your Big Brother tasks to a PI System to historize people's KPI measurements and send you notifications when someones falls asleep; how about that as an idea?

                                          • Re: UC 2012 is over - Hello to vCampus Live! 2012
                                            RyanBrown

                                            I think you could be missing a trick here. You know best the challenges that face companies around the world in terms of infrastructure and you are trying to work out how best to address these. So you set before hand the architecture that the teams have to work within. The challenge being make something cool that brings the most value under these constraints.

                                             

                                            That's when you get some wild ideas that for the most part might not work but if you get one that make sense then it's worth it Okay in terms of client machines for developing I guess you need to give some flexibility and get some clarity before hand.

                                             

                                            I like the KPI idea - would need a bit work though but I'd rather prod them with a stick