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Profile of San Diego and San Diego County

California's second largest city and the United States' seventh largest, San Diego boasts a citywide population of nearly 1.3 million residents and more than 2.8 million residents countywide. Within its borders of 4,200 sq. miles, San Diego County, known for it's near-idyllic climate and 70 miles of pristine beaches, offers a wide variety of things to see and do, appealing to guests from around the world.

While most of the population is centered along the Pacific Coast, in East County (what the locals prefer to call the unincorporated regions east of the city), the terrain varies from gentle foothills to mile-high mountains to the 600,000-acre Anza Borrego Desert State Park. In North County (areas north of La Jolla and Del Mar), the land produces quantities of flowers as well as quality grapes that become excellent wines, which are served at some of the most elegant restaurants and resorts in the region. Both North and East County offer outdoor enthusiasts endless opportunities to hike, camp, fish, bike, observe wildlife and much more. To the south, it's a whole different country, Mexico, featuring its own cultural offerings in various towns along the border and coastline, including Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada and the rest of Baja California.

If there is anytime to come to San Diego, it would be the summer. San Diego summer weather is the quintessential Southern California stereotype - bright sunny afternoons and mornings, comfortable temperatures through out the day followed by pleasant cool evenings. During the summer we never think of bringing an umbrella (but we always bring our sunglasses) and it is very unusual to need a light jacket at night.

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Profile of XpSanDiego?:

eXtreme Programming San Diego is a non-profit organization which aims to promote, expose and educate the software community about the practices and values of agile softare methodologies, focussing on eXtreme Programming. Our membership consists of 140 software industry professionals working in San Diego county who advocate Agile Development and Extreme Programming. We meet once a month for presentations on the XP practices, new technologies to help with agile development or shared experiences. After the presentation, interested members meet at a nearby bar to informally share advice and knowledge relating to our field of work. Our membership ranges in experience level; from college graduates to software industry veterans. We are an enthusiastic and fun group of people who enjoy the chance to learn from each other and have a good time doing it.

Help available in organizing XPAU

This XPAU proposal wiki has been contributed to by at least 20 different XPSD members. All these people were willing to anonymously donate their time to this proposal in the hope that the conference will be held in San Diego.

At our last meeting on June 3rd there was a very positive reaction as soon as the conference was mentioned. Several members have separately offered to help with conference logistics like hotel booking and social event planning even though an official request for volunteers has not yet been sent out.

As shown by the volume of conversation regarding the conference on our mailing list, the organizers of XPAU/AD need not look far if they require assistance with any aspect of holding a conference in San Diego.

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San Diego in 2004 is a very different city as San Diego in 1984. Twenty years ago, San Diego was primarily a Navy town with major defense contractors (Titan, SAIC, Cubic, etc.) and tourism as the main industries. The end of the Cold War and base realignment over the past twenty years pushed San Diego to diversify its economy. Today, San Diego is known not only as a city defined by its defense and tourism industries, but a center of cutting edge biotechnology, new wireless technologies, life saving pharmaceuticals, software and telecommunications.

California houses the sixth largest economy in the world and a conference in San Diego would offer attendees in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the rest of Silicon Valley to participate. Los Angeles is approximately a two hour drive from San Diego and we have commuter rail service that links the two cities. Regional airlines, such as Southwest, and major airline shuttle services, United Shuttle and others, offer low-fare flights from San Francisco/Bay Area frequently during the day. Attendees can leave their homes early in the morning and set down in San Diego in less than two hours.

There are many active user groups in San Diego and we have a long tradition of men and women taking time from their work to improve their professional skills, learn from one another and contribute to improving the development of software. In fact, the San Diego Chapter of the Association for Information Technology Professionals celebrated its Fiftieth year anniversary last year. We have listed just some of the usergroups we have become associated with and their active membership numbers when available.
Finally, our excellence as a vibrant, growing community of creative professionals was recently noted by Richard Florida, author of the "Rise of the Creative Class". He ranked San Diego as the third most creative city in the United States (http://www.creativeclass.org/regall.shtml), behind San Francisco and Austin. We are honored that our creativity and diversity were recognized.
Nearby technology centers

In choosing San Diego as the conference location, XPAU/AD will also likely attract attendees from San Diego's nearby technology centers. Orange County and Los Angeles are driving distance away and San Jose (Silicon Valley) attendees can get here on a short & cheap SouthWest? flight.

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