Being my first proper speaking engagement, I was very nervous in the run up to the event. Its no secret that public speaking is one of man’s top phobias, and I guess I’m no different in that respect.
Anyhow I’m happy to report that my talk went down well, and I received some great comments afterwards from a handful of attendees which was very much appreciated. It managed to provoke some interesting discussion in the Q&A session and later on in the pub too!
The conference itself was a blast! I learnt a lot of cool stuff about Node.js, client side databases like IndexedDB and leveldb, and to how to work around heavily nested asynchronous calls with bacon!
The networking and social side of the conference was top notch! There was somewhere in the region of one hundred attendees, and because of this the atmosphere was very welcoming and friendly. Consequently I got to meet and chat with a load of other software developers from all over the globe in the breaks and afterward in the pub. I remember having great conversations with Coby, Colin, Igor, Stefan, Peter, Jan and Dominic to name a few.
I really wish more conferences were this intimate, as I find that larger crowds invite cliquish behaviour. Something which make it pretty intimidating if you want to approach and chat.
Also for the support that my friends and colleagues in Sage have given me in gearing up for the conference(you know who you are), it’s very much appreciated!