PurelyFunctional.tv Newsletter 265: The one after the first Clojure SYNC
The world's first Clojure SYNC happened Thursday and Friday last week. And it was a total success! And because of that, I don't have much to link to this week. I usually link to things I read/listen to during the week, but I have not been reading much this week. There was Mardi Gras then the conference.
About the conference, I'm still processing all that happened. Briefly, it validated a few things that I believed in but was still worried about. First, Q&A can actually be worth doing. Other conferences I've been to seem to have given up on it. They don't reserve time for it and they don't include it in the recordings. But with a little curation and some curiosity, you can ask good questions.
Second was that the setting can be a big part of the conference. The French Quarter is so dense with stuff to do that your conference venue doesn't have to serve every purpose. You can ditch the big box hotels if you're in the middle of everything.
Third was that the sponsor, the volunteers, the speakers, and the attendees were super supportive. I'm very lucky to have such great people in all of those roles. Thanks to everyone involved!
Check out the twitter stream of all the great tweets. There's still a contest running (until tomorrow) for the most retweeted picture and the most retweeted tweet. You can vote, too, by retweeting!
I've learned a lot and have big hopes for next year. If you're interested in hearing more about it, get on the Clojure SYNC mailing list. I'll be writing about my lessons and sharing it there. My biggest regret is not being able to be more social with all 100+ attendees.
Please enjoy the issue.
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