Conferences, Conferences, and more Conferences
Below is a list of Visual FoxPro conferences that I know of in 2006. My hat is off to all of the conference organizers and speakers. Even the smallest of these conferences has to be a large and complicated undertaking. Please know that myself and many others in the VFP Community appreciate your efforts.

For those of you trying to decide which conference(s) to attend, the Universal Thread has provided some great coverage for many of these conferences in years past, so head on over to the UT Coverage Area if you want to know what they were like before. Which of these conferences will I be at? To be honest, I’ve just started seriously thinking about which conferences to attend or speak at. I’d like to go to them all. There’s gotta be nothing like a whirlwind world tour of Visual FoxPro conferences – no sleep, awesome code, great sessions, fireworks, and a parade of developers chanting, “Visual FoxPro Rocks!” in unison as they march on Redmond, Washington! OK, I got a little carried away there. Here’s the conference list…

OzFox Lite
Dates: March 25-26, 2006

Location: Sydney, Australia

Registration Fee: ??? (perhaps less than $100)

Overview: A low cost Microsoft Visual FoxPro conference, with presentations given by local VFP developers.

Great Lakes Great Database Workshop
Dates: April 21-24, 2006

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Registration Fee:
   By midnight, Friday, March 24 for $475
   By midnight, Friday, April 14, for $525
   By midnight, Friday, April 21, for $655

Overview: One track consisting of 14 sessions held sequentially from Friday night through Monday noon, covering virtually every major aspect of Fox development best practices.

Dates: August 27-31, 2006

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Registration Fee: ???

Overview: An annual technical conference on Microsoft VFP database software, including architecting, development, integration, administration, performance, and more…

Dates: ??? (probably Semptember 2006)

Location: Sydney, Australia

Registration Fee: ???

Overview: ???

Fox Forward
Dates: September 15-17, 2006

Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

Registration Fee:
   By May 15th for $275
   By July 15th for $400
   By September 15th for $500

Overview: The Fox Forward conference is a great opportunity to not only look at our favorite technology, but to compare and contrast it with other (competing?) technologies in an open, honest, and frank way… The intention of the Fox Forward conference is to be an all volunteer conference for developers, by developers. Every effort will be made keep the conference as reasonable in cost as possible.

Southwest Fox
Dates: October 19-22, 2006

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Registration Fee: $595

Overview: ???

German DevCon
Dates: November 9-11, 2006

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Registration Fee: ???

Overview: ???