GDevCon #2 is wrapped. I’m really proud of the event we put on this year and its got me really excited about where we can take it next year. We’ve got plenty to think about and I hope that we can top it again.

I’ve taken some really interesting thoughts away and I thought it would be interesting to share them (and help me by having to describe them!)

Practical Talks

Our target from the start has been that this has to be valuable to all members of a team. The CLA summits are often a place to pontificate about architecture and design but that is of no interest to someone getting going with LabVIEW or working on an established framework but with engineering challenges and deadlines to meet.

This year I feel we got this much better. I believe that showed in the variety of levels, engaging presentations and useful takeaways.

Pragmatism

On the whole, it felt like there was a more pragmatic approach than other conferences (influenced by DSH workshop’s pragmatic software development workshop?).

This is a combination of confident presenters who were happy to present what they do and accept it may not be perfect but it works for them. This was then largely reflected in comments and questions that respected this. (while still looking to inform when there are other options as well)

This really excites me as I think it makes it a more friendly and open environment and hopefully might encourage more to speak so we get different perspectives on topics.

So think about this in future presentations. It works for you! and try and think about the pros, the cons and your context which all factor into it being a good engineering decision.

“Chill Out” Room

I still love having the streaming room. I get frustrated sitting in one place for too long so it was great to have somewhere to stretch out but not miss the content (as I often have at other conferences). It does cost money! But it seems to be valued by those who use it.

Ready for Next Year!

I hope we can start soon with planning next year so make sure your signed up to the mailing list at gdevcon.com to hear about it.

We will be asking for feedback soon as well so do let us know what works and what doesn’t. My final takeaway is that I can be very wrong about what people will like! I’m happy to admit that I had concerns about a few things this year and how they would be received that were completely wrong. So help me to be right more by telling us what you need!

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