Even in the technology business where everything is mostly online and even with all the modern communication capabilities we enjoy, the old adage…location, location, location…still holds true.
Where you live can be a huge advantage when it comes to access to resources, opportunities, and inspiration.
I was thinking about this yesterday while attending Amazon’s AWSome Day in Atlanta at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. This was an all day training session by one of Amazons technical trainers provided free of charge. It was a first class event with all the perks that make going to an all day lecture fun and something you might not expect even at a paid training class…great lunch, free drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. A very good experience overall…not just for all the new knowledge gained but also for a memorable and fun day.
It’s not just the raw knowledge you pick up at these events but also the inspiration that comes from the feeling of being part of a group of so many other like minded technology enthusiasts. Something you just can’t get in isolation.
But in order to have this experience…you have to live within driving distance of Atlanta (or one of the other cities on the AWSome tour)…or pay to travel.
I was just thinking that if I still lived back in my home town in Arkansas I would never experience events like this one…and that would be a huge disadvantage for sure.
And it’s not just events by Amazon it’s also Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, IBM, and on and on. Not to mention the dozens of technology meetups held every month somewhere around the metro area. Yesterday after AWSome Day ended I walked across the street to the Hilton and spent some time at a Salesforce event that happened to be going on at the same time. It’s really non stop and it’s all freely available.