The annual COMMON conference is just around the corner … this time in Reno Nevada.

Three significant things of note for this conference …

Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship

This is the first conference where the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship will be awarded. While I don’t know who was selected, I have been told by Michelle August (Ex Director of the COMMON Education Foundation) that the recipient has been selected and will announced during the opening session. contributed $500 to the scholarship.

Board of Directors Elections

There are three open positions on the COMMON Board of Directors. There are five candidates for the positions … all of whom are well known to subscribers (more information on the candidates can be found at the COMMON website):

  • Bruce ‘Hoss’ Collins
  • Richard Dolewski
  • Léo Lefebvre
  • Pete Massiello
  • Trevor Perry

Presenting Sessions

This is the first conference where yours truly will be presenting sessions … and I’m jumping in with both feet. I’m presenting three sessions.

If you’re attending COMMON, feel free to stop by the sessions. Also, I’ll be manning the MKS booth (#525) in the expo. You can pick up a button there.

I’ll also have a small supply of ball caps with me … which I will be giving out to a few deserving souls.

See you there.

About David:
David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.