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2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

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    2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

    The 2nd annual Alpha 5 Developers conference is in the works. We are in the final planning stages and all the details are not yet finalized. You can check out the details at

    We wanted to break from tradition and not work on Sunday. In addition, as we were working on subjects to cover we discover there is too much to cover in 2 days so we expanded it to 3 days. The dates are November 8 thru November 10, 2001. Thursday through Saturday. Location is Scottsdale, AZ.

    When you read the schedule, you will notice that we are working on 3 workshop tracks based on the room number. Room 1 will carry Alpha 5 basics and Alpha beginners, Room 2 will carry workshops on planning, creating demos, designing, pricing and marketing your applications. Room 3 is being directed to advanced Alpha 5 use. Room 4 will carry some duplicate workshops, depending on demand.

    We have some speakers confirmed at this point, some are familiar to Alpha 5 community and some new faces. We are excited about the response so far. Hopefully we will have the conference price determined by the 15th of February, so far we expect it to be in $330 range (AV equipment is horribly expensive to rent).

    Take a look at the web site and let us know what you think. Please comment on anything, we want to hear from. The conference is for all of us, so we want to make it something everyone benefits from.

    We do have a special Southwestern experience planned for the reception at the conference. We are also working on day time excursions for those who want to bring along a significant other, as well as before and after excursions for those who want to see the sights here in the Southwest (including the Grand Canyon). These details are not finalized yet and will be based on demand.

    mike reed
    Mike Reed
    Phoenix, AZ

    RE: 2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference


    Tried to go to Error 404.
    What's up with that?



      RE: 2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

      Mike, sounds great (especially since I am a graduate from St. Mary's High School in PHX).



        RE: 2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

        Thanks, Mike. I will check out the site and will probably plan to attend. I like the location and format as well as the timing. My sister lives in Phoenix, about a mile from Scottsdale, and I could combine this with a visit with her.



          RE: 2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

          I'm also getting error 404, address doesn't exist. what's up??

          Also, I'm in the UK and there was going to be a CD or something available for us in the ol' country to see what we missed from the first conference. Any news on this??



            RE: 2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

            Read above. Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
            AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

            [email protected]


              RE: 2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

              Lets see if I can get this right. the link is

              Conference link)


                RE: 2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

                I initially logged on to the site very shortly after the iniital post. Later, upon trying to log in again, I discovered that it was not working. I contacted Mike via email.
                Mike stated he was aware of the problem and that due to an illness in the family, he was not able to devote some time to get it up and running.

                I'm hoping this will be acomplished within the next week or two.

                TYVM :) kenn

                Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


                  RE: 2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference

                  Never mind. I stand corrected.
                  AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                  [email protected]


                    2nd Annual Alpha 5 Developers Conference - webpage

                    The Web Page is up and running again. Apparently there was a problem with DNS server not pointing correctly. But its working now.

                    Mike Reed
                    Phoenix, AZ