Event Report by Pavel Dabrytski
I had an opportunity to attend Code Lab conference which took place 31 July – 1 August at Erinvale Hotel and Spa in Somerset West. And I must say it was great: great people, great topics, great venue…
But let me start from the beginning. This year the SUGSA committee decided to skip Scrum Gathering like last year and organise something little bit geekier. I was sceptical: tickets only became available one month before the event and the program was only finalized around the same time. But within matter of 2-3 weeks all tickets were sold out! How? Well, check out the topics http://sugsa.org.za/code-lab/
Most of the sessions were hands on, so a day before the event I prepared: installed necessary tools and packed my computer mouse and charger. But in fact during the event I was able to pair with other guys. Which I personally prefer, as this way I not only learn something new but also meet interesting people.
The biggest nightmare for the organisers was internet connectivity. When more than a hundred people tried to connect their laptops, iPhones, iPads (and whatever other devices people have invented) to the free Wi-Fi at once… well, it failed.
But let us go back to the event. There was mixture of local and international speakers (Jeremy Lightsmith and William Rowden). And there was something you don’t always see during such time of events: all the speakers were honest and open. They were open about their success and failures. These people really inspired the crowd! Have a look at this video for example, starring our international speaker Jeremy Lightsmith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szr0ezLyQHY .
Attending this event was a good way to stay up to date with new tools and new technologies. There was plenty of time during the coffee breaks to socialize and network. And after the first day many people stayed in the local pub for a drink. It was an opportunity to meet people with experience and who have already done their research, you avoid making the same mistakes in future.
I also came out of this event with a significant list of books I would like to read. This list will probably keep me busy till the next year.
Erinvale Hotel and Spa team was at their best too, making sure everyone has fresh coffee and muffins and delicious lunch.
So if you attended the event with me, I would like to ask you the question:
What will you do differently?