whurley: What does the future hold for CloudCamp?
Nielsen: We started with five volunteers putting on one CloudCamp. Today we've put on dozens of CloudCamps, each with their own local volunteers. By putting on unconferences with high-quality discussions, I think we're helping to increase awareness for Cloud Computing and helping the industry spread around the world. And believe me, we have our hands full with that. But one thing is certain, whatever we do, it will be a result of listening to input from our volunteers and attendees.
whurley: Bonus question -- what is your take on the Open Cloud Manifesto?
Nielsen: First of all, CloudCamp has little to do with the manifesto other than to offer a safe environment for people to discuss it. But personally, I think the manifesto is a step in the right direction. It's not perfect, and it could have been handled differently, but it encourages interoperability which should benefit customers and help grow the industry for everyone.
Well there you have it InfoWorld readers. Have any of you been to a CloudCamp? If you plan on attending, be ready to share, because sharing is caring. Just kidding. Open discussions are key to the success of any un-conference, and CloudCamp is no exception. Gear up! Participate! An active community of users, developers, and vendors collaborating on common goals means everybody wins. Whether you're a user or a seasoned IT pro, be there. You might learn something.