This just in from an official email from REAL Software:
We are sorry to inform you that the REAL World Regional Events have been cancelled. Though we had a lot of initial interest, we found that a number of people who intended to come are not able to due to schedule conflicts and other reasons. While we are selling more licenses this year than last and the REALbasic community is growing, we have concluded that the reality is people are still watching their expenses more closely due to the economy.
Wow. I’m not even sure what to say about this. I was supposed to speak at the REAL World Chicago event. I’m so glad I was procrastinating in figuring out travel plans.
From an ARBP standpoint I’m very ticked off because people canceled their reservations to the RB Colorado Summit because they were going to the regional events. This took the wind out of the ARBP conference and cost us attendees. I know this because more than a few attendees pulled out just after RS’ announcement.
What are your thoughts on this? Why do you think they canceled the events? Was it because of the lineup? Was it not technical enough? Was it the cost? The economy? What does this say about their commitment to the RB community?