We are super excited, finally, to announce that SharePoint Saturday Rhode Island will be held Saturday, November 9, at the New Horizons offices in Providence, Rhode Island. It's our first ever SPS event in the Ocean State.
McCoy Stadium, from Flickr © 2008 Christopher F. McNulty
In case you haven't visited Providence, it's a fantastic city on the Atlantic coast about an hour south of Boston, and a short drive away from Newport. It's the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Providence Bruins, Brown University, and Providence College. College Hill is a great destination for shopping and nightlife, and Federal Hill is home to many well-loved seafood and Italian restaurants. Finally, we've picked a weekend to coincide with Waterfire, a torchlit evening arts festival held on and around the Providence River many weekends each year. (And no, I still live in Massachusetts!)
Waterfire, from MuchAdoAboutSomethin
SPSRI is being organized through the Rhode Island SPUG, and with the assistance of Joshua Cliff and Chris Pereira. Many thanks to New Horizons for making their training facilities available to us for the day. The New Horizons offices are a mile or so west of downtown, in a series of converted industrial lofts that were once used to build locomotives. Plus, free parking and restaurants onsite.
Calls for speakers and sponsors will be forthcoming – watch for them on the SPSEvents.org site (there's nothing there yet!). We're going to be able to introduce a few new features for attendees – including hands on labs, tracks for local, first time speakers; and of course, the best content available on SharePoint (and Yammer and Office 365). We'll also be working on more details for travel (lots of Southwest flights to Providence!) and lodging (the Renaissance was open at $129/night on Expedia)
See you in November!