Elevate 2020 Review

Elevate 2020 Review

Well, this year's conference was definitely different.  As a result of COVID Elevate 2020 was entirely online.  In other words, no breakfasts, lunches, evening events, happy hour, etc. so they won't be part of the review this year.

Summary

I thought it went quite well, particularly given it was Appeon's first attempt at doing an entirely online conference.

Registration

Registration was done entirely through the Appeon website.  The course catalog allowed you to see the session schedule and select those you wanted to attend.  You could then download a calendar invite that you could use in your own calendar to remind you which sessions you wanted to attend and when they started.  I had some issues with that when the catalog was first released, notified Appeon, and they had the website corrected by the next morning.  About the only thing I would ask they add is the ability to select several sessions and then be able to download a single calendar invite file that contained all the sessions.  Instead. I had to download separate invites and import them one by one into my Google Calendar.

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Editorial – Elevate 2019 Report

Editorial – Elevate 2019 Report
  Summary

The event was held at the same location as last year, except that last year it was a Sheraton and this year it's called Philadelphia Marriott Old City,  (Marriott bought out Sheraton in 2016 and has been upgrading the old Sheraton hotels since.)  The event ran from Oct 28th to 30th.  This is the third year Appeon did it themselves, and they really seem to have worked out all the kinks.  It was an excellent conference. 

 

Registration

As with last year, you could check in for the event on the evening the day before the event started, which I did.  The only real downside this year is that the badges didn’t have the person's name printed on them.  It does have a QR code on the front which can be used to access the session catalog, and the back has a map showing how to get to Monday night's special event.  I suppose that made check-in much easier as they didn't have to search for a particular person's badge.  However, I would have liked to have an option to include a name. Perhaps a white strip at the bottom where we could write it in with a Sharpie or a clear plastic envelope or some other means of attaching a business card.  A number of us did find a solution for that on our own.

 

Breakfast

Same as last year, biscuits with egg and sausage, fruit and coffee.  Better that most conference breakfasts.  At least it worked for me.  I took a couple of them and then just ate the egg and sausage.

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Editorial – Elevate 2018 Report

Editorial – Elevate 2018 Report

Summary

This was the second time that Appeon had hosted a PowerBuilder user conference on their own, and once again I thought it went extremely well, even better than the prior year.  As with the prior year, attendance was good and quite diverse.

Facility

The conference was held in the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel.  As it is a hotel and in a popular area with a number of other hotels nearby, there was no need for Appeon to provide transportation to and from the conference location as was required last year. 

The meeting area was divided into four sections as highlighted in orange below:  A&B (A1, A2 and B all combined), C, D and E (E1 and E2 combined).  The keynotes were given in A&B and sessions were running concurrently in A&B, C, D and E.  Breakfasts were provided in the Ballroom Foyer and lunches in the Hamilton Room.

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