Getting the most out of Puppet Camp

As Puppet Camp draws closer, many of you are inevitably balancing the costs and benefits of attending camp. Perhaps you don't want to lose a few days at the office, or maybe the flight and hotel fees have you worried. Here are some helpful points that will help alleviate any concerns you might have, and some tips to help you get the most out of your experience at Puppet Camp.

Facts about Puppet Camp

  • Puppet Camp is an educational endeavor.

      You’ll learn more about Puppet in 2 days from other users that you could in a month by yourself. You’ll learn about our future goals for the product, trade-secret work-arounds, and a whole host of other information. No matter how active you are in the community there is really no equal to face-to-face education. The exchange of knowledge Puppet Camp facilitates is by far its most valuable aspect.
  • Puppet Camp is an exercise in community outreach and discovery.

      Part of what has made Puppet successful, and why Puppet will continue to be successful, is the large group of Puppet users. However, we need to build off the existing community in order to grow. New and potential users flock to Puppet Camp, but without a large block of experienced users we're unlikely to continue to see growth in bug reports, patches and information exchange through our IRC channel, mailing lists, and user groups.
  • Puppet Camp has been coupled with Puppet training.

      Puppet Master Training, Developer Training, and MCollective Training are offered in the days before Puppet Camp, creating a unique opportunity for your entire staff to advance their Puppet IQ, meet the community, and return ready to create or improve your Puppet environment. Puppet Master training is offered frequently—and is the perfect way to ramp up a new member of your staff or to solidify best practices before building a Puppet environment—but Developer training is offered less often due to it's advanced prerequisites. The Amsterdam MCollective Training is the first of it's kind offered to the public. We encourage you to take this opportunity to attend one of these more infrequent courses—they'll likely only be offered near you once a year.

Tips

  • Know why you're coming.

      Sit down for a minute and think about why you're attending Puppet Camp. What do you hope to learn? What do you want to know? Are you coming to get a broad introduction to Puppet? Do you want to know more about managing desktops with Puppet? Do you want to know how to manage a Hadoop cluster with Puppet? Whatever your reason is, make sure you know it, so when you see a talk you have a clear plan to get the most out of the information (where to go, who to talk to, what questions to ask).
  • Get involved!

      Our call for papers ends March 6th. Simply e-mail us or register as a speaker and submit your talk. We'll get back in touch and let you know what to expect. Longer, 45 minute, main stage talks are available as are 20 minute group discussion lead talks. We also have space for volunteers to lead our code sprint room. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, offering a chance to combine supporting an open source project with a great marketing opportunity. Sponsorships help pay for the event and keep ticket prices down, help to compensate speakers, and expand the opportunities offered at Puppet Camp. We're very grateful for our current sponsors: Redpill Linpro AS, Quanza Engineering BV, AmaziQSource, Camptocamp SA, and Netways.
  • Read our other Puppet Camp Resources

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