Hello, it's Kerry Jo here from Blackboard Events.  Planning for BbWorld '09 (in my hometown, Washington, DC) has begun, and we're all busy as bees here at Blackboard – brainstorming, putting together project plans and forming committees to ensure we have the right people working to offer the best user conference we can.

But we need you to make it happen!

I invite you to participate in making BbWorld '09 and the Blackboard Developers Conference events to remember.  We're looking for a large and varied group of volunteers for the BbWorld Program Committee, who will help us:

  1. Develop themes and areas of focus for BbWorld '09
  2. Actively recruit speakers for the Call for Proposals (Have you seen a great speaker at a regional user event?  Ask them to submit a proposal!)
  3. Review and rate submitted proposals in your area of expertise to help decide what should be included in the program, and then collaborate with others on the committee with similar expertise to help choose the best program content
  4. Be a sounding board and active participant for ideas ranging from post-conference networking to live conference blogging

Last year 50 clients participated!  Fifty active, engaged peers of yours materially impacted what attendees saw and heard at the conference.  So if you have a voice and you want to be heard . . . well, this is your chance.  Help us make BbWorld what YOU want it to be!

With so many clients involved in the process, I don't anticipate participation to take more than a few hours of your time over the next few months.  You and your program committee colleagues will be featured in the program and at the event as leaders in the user community.  And I hope it will be an opportunity for you to meet your professional development goals by taking a leadership role in this event.
Does this sound interesting to you?  Feel like participating?  Please e-mail me at BbWorld@blackboard.com.

And don't forget the Call for Presentations is open for both BbWorld and the Developers Conference!  I encourage everyone (regardless of your interest in the Program Committee) to submit a proposal!  Get your session in before February 27, 2009.

See you in DC!  (And, no, you can't stay at my apartment.)

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