To keep yourself fit, mentally and physically, you have to continually change your routine, try new things, work in a different way. If you don’t make your body *work*, eventually it will figure out the most efficient (i.e. lazy) way to get from Point A to Point B and discard everything else.
I study martial arts to keep my mind and body in tune and I also try to keep my mind active by staying on top of general technology and business trends through various blogs, Twitter, etc. But once a year, I treat myself to a real technology brain stretcher and attend the Defrag conference in Denver.
Defrag is the first conference focused solely on the tools and technologies that are leveraging the “social” aspect of software to accelerate the “aha” moment. Defrag is not a version number. Rather it’s a gathering place for the growing community of implementers, users, builders and thinkers that are working on the next wave of software innovation.
With topics like “Deep Structure Of The Real Time Stream: Semiotics And Microsyntax” from Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd) or “Leveraging Organic Processes: The Nature of Social Media” by Maggie Fox (@maggiefox), this is no ordinary conference and no ordinary group of attendees. I’m looking forward to ending each day with tons of notes and ideas, along with some new friends and connections.
If this sounds like fun to you, then register for Defrag now (or keep an eye on the Defrag blog for a discount code – I’m guessing there will be a couple of those coming out before conference time…) and I’ll see you in November!
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