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thwackCamp 2015. It's ON!

As SolarWinds’ Head Geek, and a somewhat self-respecting IT professional, I try to retain at least some decorum when I post to Geek Speak. But this year I’m bursting at the seams with anticipation for what we have in store for you in this year’s thwackCamp! (Hyperbolic much?)

You, the thwack community, have really embraced thwackCamp- most recently our thwackCamp Holiday thwackTacular 2014 and attendance has substantially grown again.  As a result this year we’re offering two tracks, a real Keynote featuring Nikki and Joel, as well as an DevOps Experts Panel with Caroline McCrory, Dave McCrory, Michael Coté and Matthew Ray.

Between those we’ll have several deep-dive, best practice and how-to sessions on a number of topics regarding both SolarWinds products and IT management in general.  Again this year all topics are coming from you, the amazing IT professional members of thwack.  We think you’ll really like them.

Of course all the thwack camp favorites are back again this year, including lots of giveaways, multiple live chat lobbies with our presenters, and the Head Geeks. I’ll even be doing live member shout-outs and taking some tricky questions on-air.

Let’s do this

First, make sure you have a thwack account!  The Keynote and Experts Panel will be open to all, but the track sessions will only be open to members of the thwack community.

Next, head over to the thwackCamp event page and check out the schedule.  It’s at http://thwackcamp.com.  See?  It has its own URL now- we’re not messing around this year. (Ok, truthfully you can browse the event catalog even without a login, so technically you can defer step one until you’re ready.)  You may also register for the individual sessions by clicking on them to view their details.  That will make it easy to manage your schedule in the thwack calendar.

Last, be social.  We’ll be keeping an eye out for tweets with the #thwackCamp hashtag, and we’ll retweet great ones.  Or in my case really geeky ones.  Seriously, I just tweeted a pic from Cisco Live of the 7004 core routers in the Cisco NOC with the caption “A little Nexus never hurt anybody”. Get it? It’s the smallest N7000 chassis? Ugh.  I’m pretty sure you can do better.

So get ready, get registered, and then have fun at thwackCamp again this year!


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24 Comments
mr.e
Level 14

I already signed up.   See you guys soon.

cahunt
Level 17

It's ON!

Yes, Yes IT is!

rharland2012
Level 15

I'll be on vacation in the UK - perhaps next year!

ecklerwr1
Level 19

handsdirty.jpg

patrick.hubbard
Level 13

+1

rodgarlington
Level 8

Looking forward to it!

jkump
Level 15

Trying to arrange my schedule to be able to attend, but it is up in the air at this time...

superfly99
Level 17

I'm hoping to attend but getting up at 1am will be tough!

mcam
Level 14

this one looks really interesting - they get better every year

CourtesyIT
Level 15

Yes, I love going to camp.  Hamburgers on the charcoal grill, marshmallows on the fire and Mosquitoes.  Looking forward to it.    

clubjuggle
Level 13

Don't forget to install Solarwinds Sandwich Monitor to make sure the hamburgers get cooked perfectly every time.

clubjuggle
Level 13

I'm definitely looking forward to it. These are always great.

Jfrazier
Level 18

Don't forget the bacon !!

ecklerwr1
Level 19

cables.jpg

Maybe it can help solve this next...

Jfrazier
Level 18

Wow...it's the actual web !!

jkump
Level 15

Uhhh yeah, yeah,  can you go to the data center move a yellow wire for me.  Thanks!

mr.e
Level 14

I double-dog dare anyone to manually trace all the wires in that rack -- w/o logging onto the switches or routers or using UDT. 

I am sooooo glad that I don't have that wiring problem.  If they asked me to clean that up, I would just start updating my resume. 

clubjuggle
Level 13

Well, there's your problem.

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mrs.alterego
Level 13

OMGosh clubjuggle‌ - I cannot believe you saw that out of all that chaos! IMPRESSIVE, my friend! :-D

dasher
Level 11

That is something! Not sure what, but it is something!

dasher
Level 11

I am in and good to go!

prabhakant19
Level 7

Thwack 2015 , IT'S ON.

let's Speak Geek in all our our Speech#thwackcamp_2015

shuth
Level 14

A couple of all-nighters... I'll see if I can put this down as "training".

Jfrazier
Level 18

I'm signed up...counting down the days...

About the Author
I'm the Head Geek and technical marketing director at SolarWinds, (which basically means I'm an mature geek in the services of the product team). When I say geek I mean Geek, with extreme prejudice. I started writing assembly on my Apple II, got a BITNET email account in 1984, ran a BBS @ 300 baud, survived X.25, abused Token Ring, got some Netscape.com JavaScript award love in '96, and my hack flight notification service still backs aa.com. These feats of course made me quite the chick magnet for many years. Along the way in various jobs I’ve been a developer, SE, PM, PMM, and now principal evangelist. (Let us all join hands around the server.) Over 10 years at SolarWinds I’ve hatched our online live demo systems, managed the SolarWinds Certified Professional program, launched the Head Geek program, helmed SolarWinds Lab, and these days I’m focused on Cloud, DevOps and helping IT admins learn the new skills they’ll soon need not just to get ahead, but even maintain their roles. I’m always looking for new and more fiendish ways to use our products- just like our customers. And when I have a few spare minutes I fly a little, when the weather is good.