“Man is physically as well as metaphysically a thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors, and a misfit from the start” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
A number of us British Excel’ers (I nearly said English, Roger would never forgive me) have been holding Excel conferences for a few years. It had been a paid event, but there was no such event in 2008 as the 2007 event was not well enough attended. In 2009, we decided to try something different, and make the event free! Naturally, interest was high, and at the conference (held at Microsoft’s Victoria Street offices) we had over 100 delegates each day, and had to wait-list another 100+. Because of the fantastic interest, and the general good reception to the first event, we have decided to hold a second conference in October, offering first choice to those wait-listed at the March event.
Conferences are great opportunities for like minded saddos like us to get together and talk about the things our partners just pretend to be interested in. Microsoft have very generously provided a room with all of the presentation facilities needed, and provide coffee and lunch on both days. This support from Microsoft is what makes it possible to hold a free event, conference facilities are very expensive, and to have a central London location is fantastic.Again, many thanks to Microsoft, and the UK MVP leads, Vicki Collins and Akim Boukhelif, for their help in setting this all up.
The conference is free, but of course the cost of accommodation and meals, outside of the lunch and coffees provided during the event, are the delegate’s responsibility. This applies to the presenters as well, we are not subsidised by Microsoft or anyone else (of course, if any corporation wishes to do so …) , we bear our own costs. We like these events; we like the socialising and meeting Excel colleagues that we may know virtually but have not yet met in person, and of course, talking Excel over a beer in the evening is no bad thing.
As socialising, or to use that hideous term, networking, is an important facet of these event, we will be organising a group meal (again at own expense) on the Wednesday evening so that we can carry on great conversations that develop throughout these days.
The details of the event are:
Microsoft London (Cardinal Place)
100 Victoria Street
London SW1E 5JL
Tel: 0870 60 10 100
The agenda is below
Agenda Wednesday 7th October 2009
|9:15am – 9:45am||Registration & Coffee|
|9:45am – 10:00am||Welcome and Housekeeping||Nick Hodge|
|10:00am – 10:45am||Working Smart with the Excel Grid||Simon Murphy|
|10:45am – 11:45am||Intermediate Functions||Bob Phillips|
|11:45am – 12:15pm||Coffee|
|12:15pm – 1:15pm||What’s in a Name?||Charles Williams|
|1:15pm – 2:00pm||Lunch|
|2:00pm – 2:45pm||Excel as an Enterprise BI Tool||Carl Mackinder|
|2:45pm – 3:30pm||Tips and Tricks in Charting||Andy Pope|
|3:30pm – 4:00pm||Tea & Coffee|
|4:00pm – 5:00pm||Pivot Tables||Roger Govier|
|5:00pm – 5:30pm||Pre- submitted Q&A||All|
|5:30pm – Late||Drinks, Dinner and Socialising||All (Inc Delegates)|
Agenda Thursday 8th October 2009
|8:30am – 9:00am||Registration & Coffee|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Welcome and Housekeeping||Nick Hodge|
|9:15am – 10:00am||Data Exchange||Nick Hodge|
|10:00am – 11:00am||VBA – It’s in Everyone’s Reach||Simon Murphy|
|11:00am – 11:30am||Coffee|
|11:30am – 12:45pm||Information – Visualising Data In Excel||Andy Pope & Bob Phillips|
|12:45pm – 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm – 2:15pm||Arrays and Array Functions||Bob Phillips|
|2:15pm – 3:15pm||Speeding up Excel||Charles Williams|
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Tea & Coffee|
|3:45pm – 4:30pm||Pre-submitted Q&A||All|
I hope to see you there.