Yes, it is time to start thinking about next year's IDUG DB2 Tech Conference already, especially if you are hoping to deliver a presentation there. The conference will be in the Philadelphia area in 2015, a first for IDUG... well, actually, the conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA - but that might as well be Philadelphia. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and we always thought that entire side of the state might as well be New Jersey, so it is all the same to me!
The conference information can be found at this link and you can either follow the Call for Presentations link at that page, or click here to submit your abstract.
Now why should you consider speaking at IDUG? If you have in the past, I'm sure you are wondering why somebody would even ask such a question. First of all, if you are accepted as a speaker, you get a free conference pass. And everybody can appreciate the benefit of some free education. But by putting together a presentation and preparing to speak in front of your peers you will learn more than you think! Sometimes the "teacher" learns more than the "students"... if you have never done it before, give it a try. Sure, it can be scary at first, but don't let that stop you. Learning how to present and speak in public can, and will, further your career!
Think about it, the number one fear of most people is public speaking... even more than the fear of death! You know what that means? If you are at a funeral, most people would rather be in the coffin than delivering the eulogy. That's just nuts!
And by going to IDUG you'll get a chance to network with IBMers, gold consultant, IBM champions, DBA, programmers, and more. Trust me... you don't want to miss out on this opportunity.