I just had a comment from Adam Osborne asking about whether Fusion was discussed at the Ed Brill event in my writeup - I started to kick off a response, but once it got to 3 paragraphs, I thought it deemed a top level entry.
I didn't put it in the entry, but yes - there was some talk.. not completely sure of the intention behind it, but there was a "questionaire" that everyone filled out which asked if you would attend a Lotus Fusion-type event.. and whether you'd pay, and how long it should go for etc... It was Lotus-branded so hopefully that shows that it is at least being considered again.
I hope/expect they would get an overwhelming response of "Yes" - I know of a lot of people who wrote on the last set of feedback forms "Bring Back Fusion!" so hopefully that has converted into a 100% success rate requesting a Fusion-like event to be held regularly again in Australia... it's been too long between drinks for something good in the Australian developer market...
One of the things that I desperately hope isn't going to happen is that we get sold on a Fusion-like event, we all toddle along full of expectation and we end up seeing marketing presentations for a couple of days. There are many people that I've met over the last couple of years who are capable (and willing - if you assume conversations held in late night conference-related drinking sessions actually reflect their willingness) to do some good technical presentations then it would be a shame not to see it happen.
I'm not sure of the logistics, but given a few of the slides from Lotusphere, I know of a few business partners and interested parties who would be more than capable of presenting the same content with a little bit of local flavour kicked in the spice things up.
let's wait and see I guess....
The next question is "Where do you want it to be held?" - in your hometown/major city (Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane I would suggest as top runners), or somewhere exotic (hmmm.. does the Qld Coast qualify as "exotic"?)