XTech 2006 and Barcamp Amsterdam II

May 21st, 2006  |  Published in events

XTech 2006 and Barcamp Amsterdam II just wound up. It’s been a mind-expanding, productive and wonderfully fun week. It was my second time on the XTech programme committee, and my first ever Barcamp.

Looking back at the schedule and the flickr photos and taking stock, I’m even more thrilled about the lineup and the people than I was before it all started. I’m very proud that I could play a small part in putting together the XTech programme.

My talk (on the BBC Programme Catalogue work) and our tutorial on Ruby on Rails went pretty well according to the attendee evaluations. I saw a ton of really thought-provoking talks and got to hang out with some very smart and lovely people.

Even putting together a list of URLs so I could name-drop my old and new friends took about 15 minutes; here goes: Marco Wessel, Ulla-Maaria Mutanen, Andy Smith, Freeman Murray, Suw Charman, Paul Hammond, Deb Bassett, Rob Lee, Tom Coates, The Ryan King, Brian Suda, Ralph Meijer, Thomas Vander Wal, Uche Ogbuji, Edd Dumbill, Jeremy Keith, Liz Turner, Simon Willison, Nat Downe, Dave Beckett, Matt Patterson, Max Carlson, Paul Prescod, Libby Miller and Pete Ferne. There were many more, and surely more still that I didn’t get a chance to meet. If you didn’t make it to either of the events, keep an eye out for the next time round. You won’t regret it.

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