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Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
11-24-2010, 04:24 PM
Hey gang,

It's about time to start getting some dates on the calendar for the UPE '11 events. First up, UPEC Chicagoland.

We had a decent turn out last year. Who's up for this year? May-ish?

OBC

DaveJenson
11-24-2010, 05:39 PM
Whatever date you choose for UPEW, I'll be there!

Q*bert
11-24-2010, 08:51 PM
Great, great time at the last UPEC. I wouldn't miss the next one for anything!

jazzed
11-24-2010, 10:33 PM
Please move UPEW to late winter/early spring!
End of June is just too hot in California's central valley.

Feb 25th or April 29th coincide with some school holidays this year.

Chris_D
11-24-2010, 11:01 PM
Make UPEC in April, then everyone can bring me a birthday present for my 50th! Just kidding, I am there anytime you can arrange it Jeff.

Chris

Roger Lee
11-25-2010, 12:16 AM
Jeff, It is in the plans for Robin and I to attend Chicagoland in 2011.:)

Hanno
11-25-2010, 04:03 AM
Hi Jeff- thanks for organizing these events. I would love to make it to UPEW this year. I should be in California most of May and early June- would be great if you could schedule it then.
Hanno

sylvie369
11-25-2010, 12:53 PM
If there's a UPEC, I will do my best to plan to attend.

schill
11-26-2010, 03:06 AM
I will plan to attend UPEC again this year if you have one. UPENE and UPEC are relatively easy for me to get to if my schedule permits. I'll need to see if I can work out UPEW too, sometime.

John R.
11-26-2010, 02:08 PM
Count me in for Chicago, anytime.

For UPEW, maybe it would be better for Parallax (or not) to avoid "Fiscal Year End". (or maybe that works good for them??)

There was talk of possibly adding additional locations, do you have a "broad stroke" schedule for the entire tour laid out yet? Some of us "groupies" need to start planning vacation time...

John R.

localroger
11-26-2010, 11:23 PM
I'm in for UPEW whenever. If I gotta fly anyway, I might as well go to the source. (Anybody thinking of doing a UPE-south for those of us in the southeast quadrant of the country?)

Dunnsept
11-30-2010, 11:11 PM
I would try to make UPEC depending on work, and class schedule. Chicago is about 6 hours drive, and from what I've read, the drive would be well worth it ;-)

Ken Gracey
11-30-2010, 11:23 PM
Please move UPEW to late winter/early spring!
End of June is just too hot in California's central valley.

Feb 25th or April 29th coincide with some school holidays this year.

I think Steve has a good idea that we should consider. June is so hot in California and because the size of the UPE crowd is always increasing we may need to open up an outdoor tent this year. This only works in Spring in the Central Valley.

February is too early, however. Mid-May could be better.

OBC makes it look easy to be OBC. How does he deal with us?

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
12-01-2010, 12:56 AM
I love this idea! Yes, CA is hotter than the surface of the sun in June.

I'll be making calls soon and will report back!

(I've got Ken fooled. ;) Seriously, this crowd makes this job a joy!)

OBC

John R.
12-02-2010, 04:38 PM
February is too early, however. Mid-May could be better.


Aren't the passes still snowed in then? I'm trying to figure out if the camp sites will be open by then or not.

John R.

Jim Fouch
12-03-2010, 12:09 PM
OBC, count me in for ALL the events. Been to every one so far. Don't want to break the trend.... ;-)

Let me know if you need me to bring the projector to any of the ones I'd be driving to. I got a new HD projector. :-)

Al Booth
12-08-2010, 07:46 PM
Hi Jeff,

First, thanks for all of your work on setting these up. If I can help with UPEW, please contact me.

In your planning for UPEW 2011, which your blog says is planned for May, please factor in that the Maker Faire Bay Area is scheduled for the weekend of May 21 and 22.

Al

tmaynard
12-08-2010, 11:29 PM
We had a decent turn out last year. Who's up for this year? May-ish?
OBC

My wife and I were at the 2010 incarnation -- we'll be at 2011, too!
Mark us as +2 for attendance.

Tom.
[Edit: I'm referring to OPEC only.]
[Edit #2: Please avoid conflicts with Dayton Hamvention -- May 20-22!]

Roger Lee
12-10-2010, 10:27 PM
Parallax Events Calendar has dates for some 2011 EXPOs.

June 25, 2011 UPEC --> Unofficial Propeller Expo Central.
Central? Is this what used to be called Chicagoland?

The world changes fast enough for me already.
How can I be expected to keep these name changes clear in my head?
I need some stability, please.

DynamoBen
12-11-2010, 04:56 AM
I'm willing to attend Chicagoland again. Any chance we can move it closer to (or better yet into) WI since there were so many of us last year. ;)

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
12-24-2010, 05:48 PM
I'll get that "Central" thing fixed when everyone gets back from holiday. :)
The expo naming convention will be adjusted when new locations are added using UPE+state abbreviation.
To prevent confusion, this will only be done with new locations.
(We don't want UPEW to become UPECA just yet.)

The official page is online at: http://www.propellerpowered.com/expo/
Signups (Required RSVP) will be turned on Jan 2011.

Happy Holidays All!

Jeff/OBC

Chris_D
02-02-2011, 11:46 PM
Hey OBC,

I sure am glad you didn't try to have UPEC this week. We just got hit with one of the 5 worst snow storms in Chicago history. I spent 4 1/2 hours this morning trying to move the snow off the sidewalks and into the yard. Hopefully May will have more pleasant weather :-)

Chris

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
02-02-2011, 11:55 PM
@Chris,

Hope you looked twice! http://www.propellerpowered.com/expo We actually moved UPEW to May and UPEC to June.

This was done in an attempt to beat that CA heat that we endured last year at UPEW.

OBC

Chris_D
02-03-2011, 12:04 AM
Uh oh,

I guess I had better look at the official site!!!

Chris

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
02-03-2011, 12:45 AM
Bruce,

All UPE events are "user driven" events. While there are some commercial products, (stipulated that they pertain to the Propeller in some way) The focus is on people using the Propeller. Folks are encouraged to bring their Propeller projects, (finished or unfinished) to work on, display, or even present. The "feel" of the expo is a bit like the old computer shows of the 1970s or even computer club meets of the 1980s. I like to maintain the reality of actually playing with the Propeller and really try hard to steer away from too much glitz, and that plastic "fake" feel that you get from so many products or shows.

While there in an entrance fee for adult attendees, (started this year to insure that folks honor their commitment to attend, and defray some costs) There is no charge for booth, tables, etc.

A good time is had by all with food, raffles, freebies, and products.

OBC

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
02-03-2011, 01:53 AM
I can spare the space, no problem. However. You need to be aware that UPEC is upstairs. There is a small elevator.
Also, I'm not sure that you wouldn't be sharing power with 100 other attendees.

Otherwise.. Feel free. :)

OBC

vanmunch
02-03-2011, 04:43 AM
I should be there for at least one (and my wife will be at a nearby spa) :)

rubbersideup
02-03-2011, 08:23 AM
ill be there upew went the last to years, wow had lots of fun!! this is what i look forward all year!

Cluso99
02-03-2011, 10:34 AM
I couldn't resist: UPELA for LA :)

Don't think it is going to work for me this year either :(

Granz
04-12-2011, 03:58 AM
We have a wedding scheduled for this summer - not enough money for a trip to Chi-town. Hopefully next year.

We're still on for UPENE in Norwalk, though. Are we still looking at 11 Aug?

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
04-12-2011, 04:36 AM
We'll miss you at UPEC, but UPENE is definitely a go!


* Unofficial Propeller Expo North East '2011 UPENE
8/27/11 @ Norwalk, OH : REQUIRED REGISTRATION PENDING

I'll open registration after UPEW closes.


OBC

Granz
04-12-2011, 08:37 PM
We'll miss you at UPEC, but UPENE is definitely a go!


* Unofficial Propeller Expo North East '2011 UPENE
8/27/11 @ Norwalk, OH : REQUIRED REGISTRATION PENDING

I'll open registration after UPEW closes.


OBC

Thanks, and thanks for the notice about the date.

Harprit
06-07-2011, 10:48 PM
What is the latest on the UPEC get together in Ottowa IL this year.
I am planning to be there
Any evening before get together?
Motel reservations?
Have not seen much on the forum of late
Harprit.

schill
06-07-2011, 10:57 PM
There are several small UPEC 2011 threads around. This one has the hotel information so I guess it's the best "official" one:

http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?130978-UPEC-Hotel-Motel-options-added-to-thread!

I'm expecting there to be a Friday night gathering at the hotel (see first post). I'm going to try to make it if I can leave work early enough.

Martin Hodge
06-08-2011, 12:28 AM
schill, aren't you in E. Tenn? Are you driving or flying?

schill
06-08-2011, 12:31 AM
schill, aren't you in E. Tenn? Are you driving or flying?

Nope. I'm in SW Ohio. I will be driving, though.