I wasn’t able to attend this event, but did participate as a sponsor and I had this follow up message from MVP Arnie Rowland:
To All Portland Code Camp 2009 Sponsors:
Our sincere appreciation for your trust, your support, and your generosity!
We had initially planned and communicated to you that our goal for the event was to host 300 attendees –and we substantially exceeded that goal. We had asked you to trust that we could create a well attended and well received event. We believe that we delivered.
The early returns coming in, are that the event was quite well received, and 412 folks attended at least part of the day. Your Sponsorship was noted in the participant materials handed out to all attendees, and on the website, which was seen by, at the minimum, the 655 folks that registered. Your Sponsorship and support has been well noted, and Portland Code Camp 2009 will go down as one of the the largest volunteer events to date in the Portland tech community. It would not have happened without your generous support!
If you provided products and services for the door prize drawings, a list of prizes and winners is located here.
We sincerely thank you for your support to Portland Code Camp 2009, and to the greater Portland tech community. We hope that the venture has been, and will continue to be, equally successful for you.
The Portland Code Camp 2009 Planning committee.
412 attendees is impressive! I’ve only been to a couple free events that have been bigger. On the .Net side I consider anything over 400 an indicator of two things; a great local community that has learned the value of these events, and a management team that works hard to get the word out. Takes both for it to happen.