DreamHost describes DreamCon as “an intense two-day session” to help customers get the most out of their DreamHost experience. Held in Los Angeles, DreamCon tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite at the super early bird rate of $40. Regular admission will be $80, and on-site tickets will be on sale for around $100.
While the speakers and agenda have yet to be announced, DreamHost said that most of the seminars will be taught be its employees, so one could imagine it would be similar to how cPanel or Parallels run their partner conferences in the sense that many of the sessions at those conferences are employee-led. Of course, it will be different since it is not directed as its partners and the invitation is open to bloggers, software developers, WordPress “nuts”, and Internet entrepreneurs.
While DreamCon is a new venture for DreamHost, the web host is very familiar with running events. The user conference sounds like it could be an extension of the “Reach Out and Touch You Tour” it hosted last year. The series of six events was held across cities in the US for customers to meet some of its team and offer thoughts and ideas. DreamHost was also host and sponsor of some OpenStack meetups throughout 2012, and recently started looking for users to organize “DreamUps”- “similar to meetups, but they’re only about, oh, a million times better,” DreamHost said on its blog.
Details are sparse for DreamCon so far, but DreamHost said users could “expect some special guest stars to also make appearances.”
Not all web hosts have in-person events or opportunities for users to give feedback to employees one-on-one, but many have online mediums where they collect user feedback. Recently, Phoenix NAP launched an online space for its community to submit ideas and vote on other customers’ ideas.
Talk back: Do you think in-person events or user conferences would work with your hosting business? Why or why not? Let us know in a comment.