As some of you (those following me on various social networks) may know, I attended DockerCon EU 2015 in Barcelona. When I think about how to describe how I feel when it's finished, few words come to my mind, so let's list them and go deeper.
I feel sad DockerCon took only 2 days. That's not enough time to meet all the smart people there. It's not enough time to learn about all the cool projects these people brought there. It's not enough time to do the previous two and still attend sessions and talks to learn about what organizers considered the most interesting topics from (I guess) giant pool of submissions.
On the other hand, it's a great opportunity to try to stay in touch with all the people and learn about them and their projects in coming weeks.
Conferences always motivate me to learn more, try more, work harder, be better - be as good or better then those people presenting their projects and ideas. I am also the most productive during the few weeks after the conference as I can still feel the connection with the community and I can "replay" the discussions I had with much smarter and much more experienced people.
There is so much inspiration around on conferences! We as engineers need inspiration to build better solutions, create new ways how things can work, figure out new connections between existing pieces. There are many ways how to find an inspiration but for me conferences and meeting new people works best and this year DockerCon was extremely rich in this.
Funny thing about day-to-day work that one slowly slides down to stereotypes - both, in doing and thinking. Although you might not realize, it's inevitable - unless you are Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg...or any other visionary:). Anyway, events like conferences or good meetups keep me upbeat and give me different points of view on things I am doing (and make me think if I should just trash many of them;) )
Talking to smart people, watching talks (live, I don't feel the same when I watch a video), coming up with ideas regarding others' projects is like good drug - you feel strong, you feel like you can jump on anything at you will make it work. My had is full of ideas after conferences like DockerCon and my only concern is that there is not enough time to try them all:).
Anyway, as you could see, I really enjoyed the event. Many thanks to organizes and to attendees for a great atmosphere and of course thanks to Red Hat who paid for my travels and ticket. Amazing place to be - both, the conference and Red Hat!