SourceCon Musings from @infosourcer

Sep 20, 2010
This article is part of a series called Q/A.

As per the request put forth by Amybeth last Friday, I definitely wanted to share my personal experience with SourceCon because it was a special part of my previous career as a recruiting researcher!

My involvement with SourceCon officially began when I took on the first ever Sourcecon challenges back in the summer of 2007. This post sums up the challenges quite well: “48 hours into Challenge #2 and the feedback is that it is just too hard. The feedback we received from Challenge #1 was “too easy”.

Well, Challenge #1 was won by Mike Notaro, but again, it was too easy (hehe Mikey, sorry, I just had to say something about that). I had a whale of a time trying to figure out Challenge #2, but when I got the “final answer” and won, I was pretty pleased with myself. You can check out my step-by-step methodology here.

Last, but not least, Jeremy Langhans completed the Three Amigos team when he won Challenge #3. All of us were flown to Atlanta, GA for a chance to compete in the dreaded “Grand Master Challenge”. This was exciting for several reasons:

What I remember most was the excitement and buzz that was in the air. There seemed to be a mutual feeling of being a part of something cool, new, exciting and special. And indeed it was all those things. The presentations were all informative and engaging, the networking events were fun and mutually beneficial to all involved, and many of the friendships made have lasted to this day.

While I did not win the Grand Master Challenge (Mikey did, and did so again the following year), it was a wonderful time to be in the Sourcing industry, and I will remember SourceCon 2007 as being kind of like that first blockbuster movie – though the sequels may be unique and awesome in their own right (and in some cases better!), the first one will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Cheers to all of you going to SourceCon 2010 and Source On!

This article is part of a series called Q/A.
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