Chapter Visibility at Microsoft's TechEd Conference
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Posted by: Harvey Schoenman
Harvey Schoenman of the Pittsburgh Chapter and a GITCA NorAm (North America) board member was at TechEd in Atlanta May 15-20 working in the GITCA booth. This is a huge conference that draws about 10,000 people from all over the world, but overwhelmingly the US.
The GITCA website, www.gitca.org, helps people find a user group in their area. Click the User Groups tab to load the map with user group flags. A flag gets pinned onto the map for every user group registered with GITCA. Hovering on the flag gives a brief description of the group. Clicking on the flag brings up their website if they have given us one and if it is not a dead website. We had many people from all over the country stop by our booth. This is an excellent way to promote AITP (which I do) yet not all of the AITP chapters are registered with GITCA and even more disappointing is that not all of the chapters provided a working website. Opportunity lost!!
Please check your website on the map (scroll out to pinpoint your area and get the flags to display as individual flags). If it needs to be revised, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct information (make sure to include your chapter name). If your chapter is not represented, i.e. not registered with GITCA, click on the How to Join tab on the GITCA website and click Join for a list of member benefits or Register to go directly to the registration page.
Even if you do not want to take advantage of any other GITCA or UGSS benefits and do not want to open an account with AlertPay, you should at least register with GITCA. You will never have this many people from your area now knowing that you exist. Free marketing like this is invaluable.
My term on the GITCA NorAm board is up on June 30th and I would like to assist as many AITP chapters as possible increase their visibility at this national conference.