A significant networking event arrives in ten days.
The Grand Rapids Schmooze 2005 will occur this year from the evening of Thursday, September 15, through the morning of Sunday, September 18. This one is shaping up to be the best shareware schmooze I have yet attended (of only 3).
What is a “schmooze“? A schmooze is an informal networking event for independent shareware authors to meet and socialize. Unlike a conference, there are no sessions or other formal events. Instead, a hotel suite serves as the headquarters, and participants arrive and depart on their own schedule, many staying at the hotel throughout. There are field trips arranged for certain meals and to visit local attractions, but most of the time is spent in conversation at the suite, where drinks and snacks are available.
I am particularly excited about this schmooze because we, SophSoft and Digital Gamecraftâ„¢ are hosting Campfire under the Full Harvest Moon, an optional event on Saturday night. That evening just happens to coincide with the full moon for September, the Harvest Moon, and it provides a decent escape from the confines of the schmooze headquarters. I just have to hope for decent weather so we can enjoy a little fresh air, a nice campfire, and some refreshments.
If you are an independent software developer (or in the industry) or a game developer (established or aspiring), and you are within reasonable (or even unreasonable) traveling distance, I encourage you to consider attending the Grand Rapids Schmooze 2005. It is an excellent way to both network for your business and make good friends.