The Mac Gathering
Written by: Adam Christianson
Hey MacGeeks. I wanted to let you all know that I will be on the Podcasting discussion panel on Sunday May 15th at the Regional Mac Gathering in North Hollywood next weekend. If you can make it out, I would love to see you there. Here is the official press release for the event:
Mac Users Gather in Southern California May 13-15
Los Angeles, California â€” April 12, 2005.
The 2nd annual Regional Macintosh Gathering the for Southern California hits Los Angeles May 13â€“15, 2005, just days after the release of Tiger. With top notch instructors and key people from top Mac companies, the show promises to be an excellent learning and social event for all Mac users and even for people considering a Mac.
â€œI look forward to the Mac Gathering because Debâ€™s previous seminars and product shows have been informative and fun,â€ says attorney Evan Braude of Long Beach, California. â€œDebâ€™s events had enabled me to discover invaluable information that I use everyday in my law practice.â€ In fact, this yearâ€™s show promises to be helpful to many businesses. The Business Track sessions are highly beneficial to anyone who uses a computer for business. (Yes, even Windows users, and theyâ€™re welcome.)
Of course itâ€™s not just a business show. People new to the Mac or to OS X can spend two days learning all the basics. (Three days really â€” there are special programs on Friday.) Advanced users can fill their days with more technical topics. And design-oriented folks have plenty to choose from as well.
This is a show where Mac users can walk around and know that everything pertains to their OS. But Mac users donâ€™t live and work in a vacuum so itâ€™s also a show where users can learn similarities and differences of a Windows counterpart when there is one. Vendors have been invited to bring their Windows versions to help Mac users to choose software with which they can work in a Windows world.
Thomas Dickan, President of the West Orange County Macintosh Users Group (WOCMUG) expresses what many group leaders have also said. â€œThe community has far too few real opportunities to really gather together and grok Mac. Our members are excited about the Mac Gathering. Weâ€™ve been spreading the word and expect a first-class showing.â€
â€œSome people wonder if local shows are worthwhile. A well-produced show like the Mac Gathering gives vendors an opportunity to reach many people who cannot travel to the larger shows due to jobs or distance. I saw this again and again as an Apple Software Account Manager for the western USâ€ explains Jim Cadenhead. â€œI hear people say the internet serves the need nowadays. But it doesnâ€™t replace in-person knowledge, meeting, and learning. Users still want to know vendorsâ€¦to ask questions in personâ€¦to see the reality right before their eyes.â€ Today Iâ€™m a Business Partner Rep for IBM â€” and I have every intention of being at the Mac Gathering. Thereâ€™s just too much to learn and too many people to meet to pass on such an opportunity.â€
Elaine Stannard, one of the leaders of the So Cal Mac Owners/Users Group (SMOG), confirms Jimâ€™s findings. “Last year’s event gave me easy access to vendors without travel hassles & hotel costs. The seminars I attended were excellent & I took advantage of some vendors’ discounts to shop. I look forward to this year’s Mac Gathering being bigger and better and hope it will become a dynamic annual event.”
The Mac Gathering will be held at Beverly Garlandâ€™s Holiday Inn, just off the 101 in North Hollywood, California. Special sessions take place Friday, May 13. The Exhibits and Sessions run from 10am through 6pm Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15. For more information and to register, visit MacGathering.com.