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Jan 08, 2006: Best Location for Seminars in Florida?

Come April it'll be seminar season, and Steve Krug and I will be ramping up to teach Don't Make Me Think: the Workshop and Enterprise Information Architecture, respectively.

We'd like to teach our seminars in Florida in April--probably the 10th and 11th--and are trying to get a sense of which area would be the best location. My preference is for somewhere in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm area. Orlando is another, and the third is Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota.

Any thoughts on where the UX industry has its densest/strongest Florida presence? Or where in the Sunshine State you'd want to attend our seminars? (BTW, other probable cities are Austin in May and Toronto in June; I'll definitely be in Sydney February 28.) Thanks for your advice.

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Comment: Josh Hallett (Jan 8, 2006)

As a Central Floridian, I'd love to see you in Orlando :-)

Bias aside, I think that either Orlando or Tampa would be good. Mostly because you can draw from one or the other, i.e. if you're in Orlando, folks would make the drive from Tampa and vice-versa. One plus for Orlando is that you could possibly draw from Jacksonville (many large insurance firms up there).

Many times it seems that Miami/FtL/WP are a world away from Orlampa.

Comment: jharr (Jan 9, 2006)

As an Orlando resident I would say Orlando as well, particularly because central Florida would also pull from the high-tech and defense industries on the Space Coast (east-central coast). there is also a large usability/ergonomics/human factors community at and around the University of Central Florida.

Comment: Scott Abel (Jan 9, 2006)

As a Sarasota resident and a seminar orgnizer myself, I can say Sarasota is a great place for events. Folks come from Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and from the East Coast cities. I am happy to help you find a suitable place to meet and help you get the word out about your events. Just give me a shout.

Sarasota does not suffer from Orlando tourism issues, is laid back, beautiful and has a lot to offer seminar organizers.


Scott Abel

Comment: Dave Lemen (Jan 9, 2006)

I'm a Web developer who moved from Miami to Washington DC because the market was so thin in South Florida. That was four years ago, and I hope things have improved.

I would think your safest bet is to have the event in Ft. Lauderdale, because it's central.

Of course, you could go for the gusto and do it in Key West!

Comment: David Jaeger (Jan 10, 2006)

I live in the Fort Myers area and either Tampa/St.Pete or Miami/Lauderdale are easy to get to (2.5 hours or less) for us down this far in the southwest region. Orlando (4 hours or less) is more central to the entire state and may be a better selling point.

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