I speak at loads of conferences, but there's one I have been attending for nearly a decade which I'd like to recommend you consider. Every year I go the content is spot on, and I know I have to find new insights for the audience in my annual keynote because they are all probably more qualified to be speaking than I am.
- Features technical sessions of depth and current relevance to practicing enterprise software developers without hyping a particular fad;
- Features speakers who are current practitioners, all of whom have high speaker-quality ratings from previous events;
- Schedules each talk to run two or three times so you can attend everything you want to;
- Includes a daily open town-hall meeting for questions and problem solving;
- Is a favoured destination for long-term open source contributors, especially from Apache;
- Just announced they will be making the most of Apple dropping the iPhone NDA to include an iPhone developer track with real code from real developers;
- Is a non-partisan, privately-run event with no exhibits, no "sponsors" skewing the agenda and no marketing hype allowed and no marketing droids presenting;
- Has been running for seventeen years paid for solely by attendee fees, and has the highest repeat attendee rate of any event I know;
- Is a family affair, run by a family for their extended family of friends and soon-to-be-friends;
- Is held in a beautiful high mountain retreat where everyone, delegates and speakers, stay all week and meet and eat together. Delegates go home with a rich contact list as a result;
- Has great food;
- Is probably the best technical conference in the world.
If you're an enterprise developer with a leaning towards open source and the Java platform (in all its modern incarnations), you should consider attending this event, despite the fact I will be presenting a keynote there for the ninth time. Try Dave Landers for a second opinion.
The event? Colorado Software Summit, in Keystone, Colorado. I hope I'll see you there.