In case anyone wanted the transcript of the closing remarks made by me during Protocon 2.0, I have posted them here. Thanks to those that attended, if we continue to have such a huge turnout, we will need to find a bigger venue next year!
Protocon 2.0 vs Web(b) 2.0 Closing Remarks by Thom Thank you, Loki. Protozoicons, Parents, Friends, Staff, and honored guest we have come to the end of our annual Protocon 2.0 conference PAUSE We hope you enjoyed the conference, even though it lacked roughage. Your perseverance and determination have earned you a well deserved spotlight that should be celebrated this afternoon. PAUSE This afternoon I am tasked with comparing Protocon 2.0 with Web 2.0. This is a challenge for any speaker, especially me. PAUSE As you can see on the screen, Web 2.0 and Protocon 2.0 had a very quick gestation period and even shorter lifespan. Web 2.0 is already on its way out, as the new term "Web 3.0" was recently referenced in a Cnet.com technology article. Protocon 3.0 was also mentioned by several of the participants over the weekend. (Show Slide A --- Briefly discuss figures and positive and negative correlations) PAUSE Both Protocon 2.0 and Web 2.0 used Java to work properly. While Web 2.0 is big on using AJAX (this includes JAVA), Protocon 2.0 kept away from the harsh cleanser AJAX. PAUSE Protocon 2.0 didn't achieve everything it had hoped to achieve, but it came close. I too, at different times in my life have been told what I couldn't achieve --- I think we have all been there, some more than others. One of the first memories I have of being told what I couldn't achieve was when I graduate from the sixth grade and was about to enter middle school. My grandmother told me, "Tommy, I'll be happy if you can hold a job cleaning tables at McDonalds once you finish school." I remember looking at her and laughing, but then realized very quickly how serious she was. She came from a family where no one graduated from college and goal setting was often over looked. Her statement shaped who I am today, because I've never forgotten her words, even though she meant them in a very loving and caring way. To me, her statement was saying you can't achieve. PAUSE We all face some type of obstacle or obstacles in setting and achieving our goals. Some obstacles are mental, some physical, some environmental, and some financial. Protocon 2.0 and Web 2.0 are here to help you achieve! PAUSE I leave you today with a challenge, a challenge to continue to push yourselves and never give up on your protocon goals. When you face an obstacle, regroup and find a way to overcome the obstacle. If that doesn't work after several attempts, set new protocon goals and move forward. Once again, congratulations on your much deserved achievement this evening. Never give up on yourselves or your protocon goals and remember as Mother Teresa said, "Life is a promise; fulfill it."