MAX in Vegas: Shockwave & Awe

It hasn’t been posted on Macromedia’s site yet, but the word is out in the user group community that the next MAX conference is slated for Las Vegas, October 22-26.

Now, I go to MAX because without free t-shirts I have nothing to wear for the rest of the year, but there is, admittedly, not a lot of content at MAX for Director developers. After last year’s show I found myself wondering if perhaps it might not be worthwhile to try to schedule a day-long Director only presentation either one day before or after the main portion of MAX. Director users who were already going to MAX for other reasons would have more content they could use. People who were on the verge of attending might have a reason to take the plunge. People who could get a cheap flight to Vegas could attend just the Director stuff.

The hotel I stayed at for last year’s MAX was just around the corner from the Anaheim Conference Center where MAX was held, had meeting rooms that could hold a couple hundred people (which weren’t being used) and would have been a fine, low-key, relatively low-cost venue for such an event. Whatever happens, I don’t want to get caught in the trap Pat McClellan and Zac Belado did with the planned 2000 Director conference in Florida when Macromedia pulled out at the last hour.

Tentatively, I’m calling this “Shockwave & Awe”. I know there’s got to be a better name.

I’d love to hear what people think of the idea (and suggestions for a better name). If you think that you might be interested, send me your name at dplant at If you have an idea of how much you think something like this might be worth to you, let me know. If you’d be interested in presenting something, let me know — I can promise you I won’t pay any less than Macromedia’s paid for its speakers in the past (i.e. nothing). If you (Zac) think this is the most screwed-up idea you’ve ever heard of let me know. No promises, but hey, what have I got to lose but a wad of money?