I at least spend enough time up there for it to be. Been mighty busy.
Slow on the entries. During the last two weeks I have been up in Austin a total of at least 4 full days (and one night). Here's a run down on what I've been up to.
The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) Austin
While they don't have us on the page for some reason, we were there!
This event was fun. Got to build a Web site in a day. Got to work with a group of folks from outside of my team. Got to learn a little more about accessibility (especially access keys.
We worked on the Neighborhood Longhorns Program site and set them up with a site that was a dramatic improvement over the previous. The major goal was to make the site accessibile and make it livelier and "dynamic".
The clients seemed very happy with the finished product and hopefully we will win the accessibility competition.
The System Seminar
A professional development conference for development, public affairs, governmental relations, and community relations staff at System components and System Administration.
Fun to say the least. 2 seminar packed days (and one night) in the Austin Hilton, sharing ideas about how to get the word out to Texans about all the great things going on within the UT System.
I attended seminars on communications, learning in the process many nuggets about the UT System that are truly amazing.
- The ":system" is comprised of 15 component institutions (6 medical/health and 9 academic).
- The system's total budget is 7+ billion dollars
- 60% of the budget goes specifically to health/medical institutions
- 1/3 of all students in the public education system are go to UT schools.
- We all share the same problems.
The best part by far was the chance to network, especially at Chancellor Yudolf's "mansion". I'kin still taste that BBQ n' wine!
Though I had hoped to get the opportunity to learn more about the features available in our mid level version, we were mostly shown how great the upgrade was. The communications and marketing aspects though were great. Came away with lots of great buzz words. I do appreciate their support too.
The highlight though was the chance to meet with the pricinipal Web Administrator from SanAntonio.gov, Armando —. He didn't have a card, though I am definitely planning to get in touch with him.