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What is your favorite conference and why?

molly profile image Molly Struve (she/her) ・1 min read

Try to narrow it down to one, but I will let it slide if you have two 😉

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James Fleeting

I recently went to AccessU and it was full of so much great information, amazing speakers, and a variety of topics. It never felt overly large and left with lots of inspiration (and guilt for mistakes I've been making for years). It was 4 days with the workshop, which as Molly mentioned - was a little exhausting by the end for me.

I've done larger cover everything conferences like SXSW and it felt really good being at one with a more specific topic.

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

Wow, I have never heard of that conference but it looks incredible! I am constantly learning more and more about accessibility just from people on Twitter and in the industry. It is really eye-opening.

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simonhaisz

I've only been once but I really enjoyed QCon. I like that it's just about developing software, rather than being focused on a particular tech stack. Instead you get talks about real world problems in tech, not all of which are actually about the tech! Some of the best talks I went to were on the people side, like how to build a team or maintain a good company culture.

I would say that it's probably not a conference you need to go to every year. Talking to people who went in later years it seems like 50% of the content stays the same between years, as maybe different people present about the same trend/problem/solution.

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

That sounds pretty cool! And its kinda nice if you can just go every couple of years and not feel like you are missing out if you can't make it. Thanks for the insight!

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Renato Byrro

Good to know, I'll keep an eye to attend one in the future. Their written content is usually of very good quality on the site.

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Valerica Plesu

definitely Google IO 🙌🙌 I've been to a bunch of conf in Europe (droidcon, devfest, deepsec) but the one Google does is in the big league, well prepared speakers, amazing fun areas, great code workshops.

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

My favorite conference so far has been RubyHACK.

I loved RailsConf and RubyConf but what made RubyHACK special for me was the size. It was a 2-day, single-track conference with about 300 people. That size felt really comfortable for me. I never felt overwhelmed and I was able to really get to know people over the course of the two days. The 2-day length was also perfect for me. As someone who is more of an introvert, 3-day conferences sometimes overwhelm me and by day 3 I am toast.

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Ben Halpern

I have to remember for next year! I really want to start attending more niche Ruby conferences.

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Joe Erickson

PyOhio. I try to go every year even though I don't really like Python. There are always really interesting talks about technology as a whole and it's continually the most diverse tech conference I've been to.

And it's happening this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Stop by and take a look.

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James Thompson

RubyConf is my overall favorite. I love the speaking opportunities I’ve had at O’Reilly conferences. But RubyConf always feels like home. Probably because I’ve spent the last 13 years steeped in Ruby and it’s community.

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Greg Frazier

I really like All Things Open.

It is well run and big but not too big.

This year will be my 4th year attending and I have several people I only see at ATO.

Oh and if you can get one in a mens size, the T shirts are awesome.

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Vincent Milum Jr

Everyone gets so worked up in work, so they may only think of work related conferences... But why not entertainment ones!? I freaggin LOVE going to BlizzCon and PAX every year. At these places, I meet creative individuals far outside of my particular skill set. I find these much more exciting and entraining than just going to events almost entirely full of just software people.

I highly recommend going outside of your own networks. Meet people from different backgrounds.. It'll open up your eyes to new possibilities to bring back into the workspace too.

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Bradley D. Thornton

Look into the features that Nextcloud offers you in a self hosted FOSS solution.

Jitsi Meet is a simple solution too.

For solutions hosted by someone else I liked Uberconference and appear.in for down and dirty quick solutions that work well and accessible without having to d/l some invasive Citrix crappola that I just will not abide, and the dude usually abides ;)

I hope that helps!

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Bradley D. Thornton

Eww...

I got the question wrong lolz.

Umm..... I'm gonna go way back to the future's past and say...

Comdex!!!

I can haz #cheezburgerz? 🍔

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C.S. Rhymes

I’ve only been to a couple but they were both good because they had talks I wouldn’t normally watch but glad I did. They were Generate in London (which has changed to Generate CSS this year) and Re:Develop in Bournemouth.

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JeffD

FOSDEM (an european event) because its related to FOSS so you can meet people about many languages (devroom Java, Python, Rust etc ...), OSes like BSD, databases, embeded, radio and community initiatives (OpenStreetMap...) so it's very diversified.
Furthemore FOSDEM stand at Brussels in Winter a beautiful city with good food.

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Ben Halpern

I've been to all three CodeLand conferences and they've been a blast!

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George Calianu • Edited

GopherCon because I love Go language and is a very good way to stay in touch with the news. Of course there are many events around Go but this is my favorite.

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Jamie Ferrugiaro

Codelands, but I've only been to one and because it was amazing and perfect for newbies!!! I'm mid-way through my code bootcamp right now and it was just the thing to fuel me even more in the program.

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&y H. Golang (he/him)

GopherCon!! It's like a Go family reunion and I like the GopherCon Guides program to give first time attendees a conference buddy right from the start!

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Robby Ronk

I've only been to one, Webstock, and it was very thought provoking! I'd love to go to another Webstock.

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meikay

Codeland because I felt comfortable and gained some knowledge to take with me.

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

So jealous! I really wanted to go but the scheduling didnt workout. Maybe next year!!!

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