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Are you a full time student or unemployed? You could get 60% off CFUnited registration


If you are a full time student and would like to take advantage of the 60% off offer just send an email to liz (at) with an attached copy of a document that states your full time status.


We understand that due to the current economic conditions some of you are between jobs or have recently been laid off. Some of you have even reached out and asked for special discounts to help alleviate costs for attending CFUnited. We strongly believe CFUnited is an ideal opportunity for those on the job market, not only will you be absorbing the latest in CF, FX & AIR content to add to your skills but more importantly you will be networking with speakers, sponsors, guru's and other attendees in the community who are potentially hiring. Attending CFUnited is a great way to connect with the community in person, so have your business cards and resume ready! To help some of you out with costs of attendance we are accepting 20 discount requests for the unemployment rate of 60% off, just email liz (at) and let us know you are interested.

Announcing Women Speakers

Here are the list of women speakers that have been chosen to present their topic at CFUnited!

Dee Sadler - "Flash Catalyst round trip wireframe"

Lisa Heselton - "Rapid Application Prototyping w/Captivate"

Rachel Lehman - "Keeping Front End Dependencies Under Control"

Huyen Dao - "Divide and Conquer: Greenthreading in Flex/AIR"

Gail Shoffey - "Payment Processing Paradigm"

Selene Bainum - "eCommerce: Build or Buy"

These topics will be listed on the main site momentarily. Help me publicly congratulate all the ladies for submitting topics. I'm very excited to have them speaking at our conference.

STATISTIC: 14% of the current registrations for CFUnited are Women!

CFUnited Express New York Summary

Just wanted to thank Ben Nadel, Peter Bell, Michael Dinowitz, Javier Julio, Andrew Schwabe and Simon Free. They put on a great show at Pace University Last Monday, April 20th.

Pace University was a different venue and we enjoyed working with them. We plan to look into other Universities in the future for Express events.

It was great to have my whole team present and even some of my advisory board members. What a great way to end the first string of Express events. We brought up more ideas for CFUnited and chatted with everyone about what to expect in August.

All Express attendees. Remember my deal if you register by April 30th and don't forget to take advantage of your special discount!

Thanks everyone and we will be sure to visit in NYC again soon.

CFUnited Express New York UPDATES Important info

Hello NYC!

Officially the entire CFUnited Stellr team is coming to NYC. That's myself (Liz), Nafisa, and Elliott. Plus a regular helper of our Cara. We have more cool prizes and more goodies to hand out.

Some important changes to note:

Jeff Tapper has needed to cancel. In his place is Javier Julio, an emerging Flex speaker. Javier's topic is temporarily titled "Digging Through the Flex Framework" and promises to be an amazing set of useful skills and real world case studies.

Sean Hanover had a family emergency and will unfortunately not be able to present. Michael Dinowitz a long time CFUnited presenter and always a crowd pleaser has agreed to give his presentation titled "Google Webmaster Tools, What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You"


We have only 4 seats left. If you want to register at the door, you will need to contact us to see if we have space.

Date: Monday 4/20/2009

Location: Pace University - New York City Campus

One Pace Plaza

2nd Floor - Lecture Hall South

New York, NY 10038

Phone: 212-346-1200

Check in at security desk - Main Lobby on right side of One Pace Plaza building near William Street



9:00AM 9:15AM Elliott Sprehn Welcome to CFUnited Express

9:15AM 10:15AM Ben Nadel Advanced Custom Tags

10:25AM 11:25AM Peter Bell Practical Code Generation

11:25AM 12:25PM Lunch

12:30PM 1:30PM Simon Free Flex-a-sketch: Creating online drawing and image creation tools

1:40PM 2:40PM Andrew Schwabe Charting with ColdFusion and Flex

2:50PM 3:50PM Michael Dinowitz Google Webmaster Tools, What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You

4:00PM 5:00PM Javier Julio Digging through the Flex Framework

5:00PM 5:15PM Elliott Sprehn Raffle

Slidesix demo of Why Should You Attend CFUnited

Todd Sharp put together this really cool slide show of CFUnited. It also demonstrates what you can do with

Our speakers this year will be asked to put their presentation here and we will give a password for attendees to get access. Then at a future time we will make some of them available to the public.

View Slide show here and show it at your next User Group meeting or get together at a cubicle near you. :-)

How was Denver Express?

Someone asked me on twitter how was Denver Express? (@chrishough)

I went to Denver with only a few expectations, to meet cool new people and too put on a great event. I'd say I accomplished both of those. The people in Denver are great. So nice and really easy going. Everyone showed up to the conference with a positive attitude and ready to learn. They asked great questions and really appreciated all the work involved. We had about 20 people attend, which is a good size for something like this. I met a few guys who said that this was their first time ever going to an event for CF ever. They were just really appreciative to meet other local developers and talk code.

I gave so much stuff away, seriously. From software to ThinkGeek toys, it was a good time for all. Someone even won the Annoy-a-Tron (which is a prize in every UG package and Express event), and couldn't resist testing it out. lol It really is annoying!

I've posted 4 out of the 6 presentations on the topics page.

Rob Rusher was first with AIR development. Comments were "Good knowledge of info", "Very good info for getting started with AIR", and "I learned a couple of things. That is always good."

Mike Brunt was filling in for Patrick Quinn on Wholesum Performance. Comments were "Mike has a Killer Accent :-)", "Depth of knowledge", "Provided good tricks and tips about most common performance issues" and "lots of great info Wow!"

Nate Nelson talked about DB tips. Comments were "Professional and Knowledgeable", "Tons of great info", and "Detailed examples, relevant to my specific needs."

Mike Brunt talked about JVM. Comments were "Its good to know these techniques are available.", "Like the demo, Interesting overview", "Great in depth info on tuning the JVM and I'm really scared of the JVM - now I feel enabled to tune it!"

RJ Owen talked on Component LifeCycle in Flex 3. Comments were "Great info on how Flex 3 works informally", "Instructor's knowledge", "In depth and informative on an important topic that not many people seem to know a lot about"

Kevin Hoyt talked on CF/LCDS. Comments were "Kevin always makes it look easy", "Easy to follow", and "Overwhelmed!! Excellent".

Comments about the event itself: Wish we had longer sessions. More time for Q&A. More hands on. It was a solid one day. I got some good info. Good advanced content. This was great!! Thank you!! Come back to Denver.

Registered CFUnited Attendees fill in Twitter user name

We've added a field on the "Edit your Profile" page.

Log in and go to the bottom of the form and enter your Twitter Username. We have some exciting apps in the works for CFUnited attendees. ;-)

*Also, feel free to edit other useful information like what version of CF you current develop in, meal preferences, etc.

CFUnited Express Early Bird Price Extended

Hi Folks, for all the Express events we've extended the Early Bird Price of $149.

Register for Denver 4/6, Atlanta 4/15, or New York 4/20 by April 10th to receive the discount.

Jeremy Kadlec on CFUnited video

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