The Geek Gathering is over 🙁 I was fortunate enough to get a chance to join the conference. So what’s there to do/see at the geek fest? Although much of the non-geek population would avoid this gathering in a large circle it was actually pretty great. In short the facts are: 3 days, 2 locations, 15 sessions, 6 workshops, 2 parties and 200+ geeks….
Ok, now for the long story. It’ s nice to be at a conference that’s not that formal and everything is casually, slow and friendly. The sessions were great because the speakers were experts in their fields and it was easy to ask any question not only during the session but also anytime even on a coffee (beer) breaks. The topics were a bit eccentric / obscure / hipster, but bear in mind it’s the windows developer talking 🙂 That’s actually why it was very interesting for me to see what’s over the fence.
All work and no play…. To avoid over stressing the attendees there were countermeasures in place, firstly retro gaming room which boasted the original Star-trek pin ball machine. There was also Nintendo Wii – the only sport a true geek practices 🙂 On Friday there was a party at one of the locations in a Cheers cafe, I wasn’t there but the word is it was great. On Saturday there was a concert of popular Croatian punk-rock band Hladno Pivo (Cold Beer) that really rocked! Two hours of their greatest hits. What to say – Für immer Punk!
The after party was at Oxygen club – great party, lots of people, not only geeks – thankfully and lots and lots of huuuu huuuu 🙂
OK, not everything’s coming up roses, so the first thing that bothered me was the two locations for sessions, and although the distance was only 150m, it made the networking tougher – geeks don’t walk fast 🙂 The online schedule was kinda hard to read with sessions from different tracks listed one after another.
The problem with the workshops and lack of tables was fixed on Sunday, so it was no great problem after all.
With the first TGGCon behind us it’s time too try the new stuff learned from the sessions, increase connection list with some new names and wait for the next one to come!
Some of the fellow geeks….why are you smiling guys 😉