What: Universal Mind, a leading solution provider of Rich Internet Applications, today announced two of its team members will lead teaching seminars and one will participate in a panel discussion at the Adobe MAX Conference North America 2008. Rich Internet Applications are an important part of Web 2.0 deployments because they provide a better user experience through improved user interfaces and a more consistent online experience, regardless of what operating system is used. Who: Universal Mind's Director of Technology Brandon Purcell and software architect Adam Flater. Purcell has background in expertise in building emerging web applications at Universal Mind and previously at Macromedia/Adobe. During his tenure at Adobe, he supported a wide range of products including ColdFusion, JRun, Flex, Flash Media Server and Flash Lite. Brandon authored several whitepapers and articles on performance and scalability with ColdFusion and JRun and assisted with the launch of the Macromedia website built on ColdFusion. Flater's background is in working with Java and Microsoft technologies, building both web and desktop applications. He has been working in Flex user interface and server development since the beta release of Flex 2.0 in October of 2005. Flater was the lead developer on the ActionScript SDK for eBay's Web Services used in the eBay Desktop application. Flater is also the founder of the Merapi Project, an open source project that bridges Java with Flex on AIR at the desktop. When: "360|Max - Merapi" an "unconference" inside of Adobe MAX with Adam Flater Monday, November 17 at 12:30 p.m. PT "Architecting ColdFusion For Scalability and High Availability" led by Brandon Purcell Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 3:00 p.m. PT "Inside RIA Outlook 2009: What Every Developer Needs to be Thinking About" Panel discussion with Adam Flater Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11:00 a.m. PT "Intro to Flex Builder 3" teaching session led by Adam Flater Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m. PT Where: Adobe MAX North America 2008, San Francisco Marriot, 55 4th Street, San Francisco, Calif. Why: Sponsored by Adobe, the Adobe Max North America conference gathers together thousands of software designers, developers, partners, executives and Adobe staff for education, inspiration and community involvement.