This week I volunteered at Devoxx UK, and what an intense expertise it has been!
🔥 Offline occasions are means, means higher than something digital now we have had through the earlier two years. No video conferencing instrument, regardless of how fancy, will exchange the enjoyment of being in the identical bodily area as different individuals who share comparable pursuits with you.
🔥 I’ve by no means labored with Java, so being at a Java-centric occasion was positively a step exterior my consolation zone. It was an fascinating expertise and a solution to see what exists exterior my Ruby bubble, what issues engineers are attempting to unravel and what the present buzzwords are.
🔥 Volunteering at a tech convention is a solution to hack your means into an costly occasion you would not have been in a position to afford in any other case. You spend a part of the day volunteering, after which you might be free to attend convention talks, community and simply benefit from the occasion. More often than not I used to be truly monitoring convention rooms and helping audio system, so I acquired to take heed to talks whereas volunteering as properly.
Considered one of my fellow volunteers truly admitted that he loved volunteering at this convention greater than being there as an everyday attendee with a ticket. Volunteering felt extra concerned and extra of a neighborhood expertise for him. And I feel I do know what he meant.
A lot of this isn’t about tech in any respect. Individuals want folks.
I hope we have not unlearned that.