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Extra days to enter for free Connect full pass

The HP enterprise user group Connect has extended its Call for Papers through Thursday (Jan. 27) for the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas. The invitation to submit a proposal -- veteran IT pros know the drill from Interex meets -- might earn a free pass to the event, if your paper is selected.

"Approved session speakers will receive a complimentary registration to this year's event," the user group reports on its website today. Connect has obviously arranged its participation in the event, the biggest HP-wide meeting, but one that doesn't have much arranged for HP 3000 managers.

There is an exception, of course: reports from the field about migration projects either completed or in implementation phase. There's no guarantee of getting a paper accepted, but anything submitted by a user would stand out in a field of talks that's been crowded with HP and its partners in past years.

The meeting is best-suited for that sort of migrating customer, anyway. Details on how to submit are at the HP website serving the meeting. A full registration is about $1,400, which is pretty good compensation for building a presentation you probably had to start to get migration funded anyway. Then there's the Vegas factor and a performance by Sir Paul McCartney. The meeting is June 6-9.