whurley: How did the first CloudCamp turn out?
Nielsen: CloudCamp San Francisco was a truly amazing event. There were about 350 people in attendance, and over 30 Cloud Computing sessions were proposed and led by the attendees. I think everyone considered our first CloudCamp a great success, and from then on, all CloudCamps would be formed around the unconference concept.
whurley: What are the most exciting things that have happened to the event over the last year?
Nielsen: It has been exciting to see CloudCamp catch on in other cities. First in the UK where Alexis Richardson and Chris Purrington helped create CloudCamp London. Tom Leyden has been instrumental in spreading CloudCamp throughout Europe We just finished bringing CloudCamp to India and Singapore and there are plans in the works for Australia and Egypt. CloudCamp Austin on April 25th will be our 27th CloudCamp.
Personally, it was exiting to help the local organizers in India get organized and put on CloudCamp Bangalore. According to Google Trends, the people of Bangalore Googled the term "Cloud Computing" more than any other city in the world, yet Bangalore is so far from the action here in Silicon Valley. The organizers found an excellent venue, recruited some startups with Cloud experience, and the attendees really responded to the unconference format and even our new Unpanel.
whurley: What are your favorite three presentations from CloudCamp over the past year?
Nielsen: 1) At CloudCamp Silicon Valley, Sam Charrington led a session on "What is Cloud Computing?" Many people new to the space come to CloudCamp to get up to speed on the topic, and Sam's session was a big hit with the newbies. It was CloudCamp in its purest form – no slides or marketing hype, just a knowledgeable facilitator up at a whiteboard leading an interactive discussion on the meaning and potential of cloud computing. So many people found it useful that I've suggested it to every CloudCamp since.
2) At CloudCamp Brussels a presenter from Quest Software gave a Lightening Talk about the power consumed in a Cloud Computing datacenter. It was a little out there, but well presented. He suggested that future application developers will need to pay attention to energy costs by evaluating their code on a transactions per Watt basis.