I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that life in general is becoming ever faster and evermore hectic. Some days I feel my head is spinning like a top. I'm too young for all of this excitement.
On the bright side, all of this may play to your advantage. Take the case of next year's Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston, for example. This august event will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, April 13-14, 2016.
Over the course of the last few days, I've received a deluge of emails saying things like: “Help! I missed the deadline to submit my proposal for ESC Boston. Is there any way I can still submit?”
I know what it's like. You say to yourself, “I'll make sure to do this tomorrow,” and then you blink and two weeks have gone by and you've missed the boat, as it were. (Writing this reminded me of the Doctor Who episode Blink . Did you ever see that one? But we digress…)
Well, turn that frown upside down into a smile, because I have good news. I've been so busy bouncing around over the last few weeks that I've left things undone that I ought to have done. I'm currently up to my armpits in alligators at ESC Minneapolis. (It’s going amazingly well; thank you for asking.) And then this coming weekend I fly out to the UK because I've been asked to speak at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Alumni Reunion at my old alma mater — Sheffield Hallam University.
The bottom line is that I've extended the Call for Speakers deadline for ESC Boston 2016 until November 20, 2015, and I've instructed the gate-keepers to re-open the submissions portal, all of which means you have two extra weeks to collect your thoughts and submit a proposal that will make me squeal in delight.
That “ker-thunk” sound you just heard was the ball landing firmly back on your side of the court. The main thing to note is that when the portal closes again, it will be with a resounding clang, so don’t dilly-dally and shilly-shally — submit your proposal for ESC Boston 2016 today!