That's right folks, you too can go to CFUnited at no cost. No, you don't have to buy Micheal Smith one beer too many on the day before the conference. But, you do have have to be from Washington.

The Seattle User Group is sponsoring the trip. Details are from their press release, below. I wonder if I know anyone from that area who might be eligible.

Unfortunately, it looks like they're only buying you the ticket. Travel, lodging, and food are your own responsibility (in my experience that is often the bigger piece of the financial pie when it comes to conference going).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact: Garrett Wiedmeier 206-613-3215 info@seattlecfug.com

SEATTLE COLDFUSION USER'S GROUP CFUNITED 2006 REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIP

This "scholarship" shall pay for the registration fee of the CFUNITED 2006 conference in Washington, DC, for one individual. The individual will be responsible for all other conference expenses (travel, lodging, etc). This is not a cash award; the Seattle CFUG will pay for the winner's CFUNITED registration on their behalf.

All people interested and currently using the ColdFusion (CFML) web programming language in Washington state in any capacity may apply. The winner will be selected based on a short application and reference check, and will be at the sole discretion of the Seattle CFUG founding members. Decision is final.

Application requirements:

1. You must live or do business in the state of Washington, and verify this in some form.

2. A simple one page essay on why you use ColdFusion and why you need this scholarship.

3. Demonstrate current use of CFML in *any* capacity or skill level (project management plans, documentation, live website link, or other...) The decision will not be based on how advanced the CFML code is, but extra consideration will be given to projects that solve specific problems that needed solutions.

4. Self-employed: One professional reference. Employed: Reference letter from your supervisor indicating support of your attendance, and, beyond unforeseen business circumstances, you will have the time to attend CFUNITED 2006.

5. Current founding members of the Seattle CFUG are not eligible.

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2006 4 p.m. Pacific time.

Submit to: Garrett Wiedmeier, CFUG Manager, via email: info@seattlecfug.com

The Seattle CFUG is an equal-opportunity volunteer user group community.

About the Seattle CFUG: The Seattle ColdFusion Users Group offers speakers, programs and professional development opportunities for webmasters, programmers, database admins, designers or anyone with an interest in dynamic web applications while meeting and sharing ideas with other like-minded people in the greater Seattle area. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month in Downtown Seattle. www.seattlecfug.com.

Garrett M. Wiedmeier Manager of IT Services Downtown Seattle Association Mission: To Champion a Healthy, Vibrant Urban Core

500 Union Street, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98101 206-623-0340 206-625-9940 fax www.downtownseattle.com