One advantage, we have being in Silicon Valley is direct personal access to leading technology. The PATCA program committee would like to invite techonologists to speak at our evening meetings to encourage consultants to build relationships with them. One example, we did from last year was to have an ARM aps engineer, Bob Boys come and speak to us about automotive technology.
Would you be interested in coming to a meeting such as this at a cost of around $35 including a buffet dinner?
If the topic was very interesting, I would come to such a talk. This would be true if I sensed the talk might be of real value to me. I have a number of venues to learn about technology. I would also be OK if such talks didn’t dominate our inclination to provide consulting business education to our members, which I believe is our primary objective.
Echoing others, if the topic was interesting, (and doesn’t necessarily have to be in my field) I would attend. If not likely no. An example of a good topic outside of our fields: A geologist discussing earthquakes, where the next one may strike, and what it will mean for the bay area…