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  1. AdminWolf

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    http://www.cewire2015.com

    I'm happy to announce the launch of CEwire2015, ODwire.org's Virtual CE conference!

    We've gone all-out to give you A-list speakers (including a few ODwire.org regulars!) and 30+ COPE CE credits at a very low price.

    The show will also have a virtual exhibit hall, with many vendors showing off their latest products (with some show specials!)

    In addition to making it inexpensive to attend, profits from the event are going to charity.

    Read up on why we're doing this at the official conference wiki, and ask questions in this thread.

    Registration is open now,

    We're looking forward to a fun show!

    Thanks,
    Adam, Paul & the all the folks at ODwire.org who volunteered & helped assemble the event!
     
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    For the states that pulled a blank, check with your state board to determine if not responding was an oversight and on line credits are available.

    Share that information with us.

    A new era for Optometric Continuing Education begins.
     
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    Looking forward to signing up!
     
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    Cool! I'll get my allowed 2 hours for sure!
     
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    Hi David,

    Look over the variety of speakers and topics.

    You may decide to take advantage of the discount feature to allow your OD associates as well as staff to participate for an additional $100.

    This should be the best value in optometric C/E. Best of all there are no vendor sponsored speakers. All speakers are being compensated by CEwire.

    I hope our efforts can begin a trend in optometric CE.
     
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    I'm there too!
     
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    Genius! I signed up.
    I think you're on to something.
     
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    The sign up process should be so simple that even I can manage it without breaking into a sweat.:oops:

    There are literally thousands of moving pieces. Adam is a perfectionist and tested the system multiple times. you never can be certain he did not overlook something technical or our wording describing CEwire might be confusing.

    Let us know if you run into a problem.it will be addressed immediately.

    What do you think of the charities we selected?
     
  10. Angel Adolfo Camblor

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    It was pretty simple to negotiate. I do hate giving out the 3 digit security code though.

    Not sure about the charities. What does the American Optometry Foundation do? I signed up for all three.

    Editor's note: More about the American Optometric foundation (AOF)...
    http://www.aaopt.org/aof
     
  11. Charles A McBride

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    Holy ****! This looks amazing! I can't believe the speakers that will be there! I can't wait to see ninja suit man!
     
  12. AdminWolf

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    Thanks, Charlie! We hope everyone has a great time at the show.

    Just a quick note on why we're doing this:

    When we put the event together, we thought deeply about what we liked and hated about CE. I've taken a lot of online CE over the years, so for better or worse my experiences shaped the way CEwire evolved.

    The most important thing is that we didn't just want to do a 'me too' show; that seemed pointless and boring.

    Our goals were to make an interesting show that also provided a great deal of value for attendees. Since CE is mandatory for everyone, we wanted to give people an event that would make the experience fun, and that people could feel good about attending.

    Right from the beginning, we realized that to do the sort of show that we wanted to do, the profit motive had to be removed from the equation.

    When you try to maximize profits (which, bluntly, is the aim of many CE providers), your incentive is to limit course offerings and choices (since each additional lecture has costs associated with it), and/or try to get speakers who will work cheap or free.

    We didn't want these sorts of perverse incentives limiting our event. So we took a different approach, disregarding the idea of profitability entirely. If the show is a hit and makes mad cash, then great -- more money for the charities we're supporting.

    If not -- and we only break-even -- that's OK too! As long as the people who attended thought the conference was great.

    The only disaster scenario is if the conference generates a big loss (ie, when my wife takes me out behind the house and shoots me...)

    I'm confident that won't happen, but we are taking a gamble, offering 30+ hours with some of the best known and/or most interesting speakers we could find. And we're charging only $99 per registrant (or $199 for an entire office of docs.) By comparison, most events charge between $10 and $15 per credit hour.

    We don't expect anyone to take all 30+ credits, but we're offering that many so that people will have a choice as to what they do take.

    Because one of the most annoying aspects of online CE in my experience is being forced to take courses you didn't want, simply because so few were being offered at an event!
     
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    Your credit card info is as safe as if you were shopping at - say- amazon. It is stored centrally on authorize.net's secure servers. It isn't even kept on our servers, or the servers running the event. So in other words, nothing to get nervous about.
     
  14. Steve Silberberg

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    Great job Adam and Paul. In NJ we need tons of credits and a lot are allowed and Thank you for including me in your speaker list.................Quite an honor!!!!!
     
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    This is fantastic, thank you Adam and Paul!
     
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    Brilliant and the start of something big...very big!
     
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    I think with technology going the way it is this paradigm may be the template of the future in which state boards allow more CE online especially with a test at the end, the ability to interact with the speakers live and an exhibit hall that I'm sure will have "Show discounts" much like VEE VEW SECO etc.
     
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    Thanks Steve, your talks are going to be great!

    I will note that when we went out soliciting speakers, the folks we picked are ones that either had done an ODwire Webinar or Radio Show in the past (and didn't put us to sleep), or who were frequent contributors that we thought might want to share some tips or give us insight into what they do.

    Even if they sometimes give me ulcers (Nelson, looking right at you! I'll be the first in line for your talk though, i'm curious to learn about how you do what you do...)
     
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    lets hope! Or else i'm going to be sleeping on the couch for the next several years, lol..
     
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    They're ulcers of love. I only put that kind of effort into people that matter.