General event info
Today I’m going to give you a summary and my impressions of DevConf.cz 2016. For those of you, who still don’t know, DevConf.cz is a yearly conference for Linux and JBoss Community Developers, Admins and Linux users organized by Red Hat Czech Republic, the Fedora and JBoss Community. This was my first DevConf and I’m very happy that I got into it as a volunteer. Actually being a volunteer at a conference is the best way to experience it 😉 I got into working on it really early, shortly after joining Red Hat, in July I think. Having literally no idea who had worked on the graphic materials before, we started almost from scratch. First things first, covers for social media accounts were created: facebook, google+ and twitter. Looking at them now after all the work done, I see ways for improvement. Good thing we have started work on DevConf.cz 2017 early, and by early I mean already.
My role there and before the conference
So let me get more into what I did for this particular conference, which turned out to be quite a lot. Basically I worked on all the graphic stuff. When I tried to sum it up, here’s the list I came up with: badges, bags, brochure cover, coffee vouchers, invites, swag (t-shirts, hoodies, pens, pins, lanyards, scarfs, stickers), help with navigation, on-site posters, TV ads and presentation wallpapers, social network covers, posters for cfp and general promotion. My most favourite things of all those are bags and hoodies, as they are the most practical and also pretty. If you were not at the conference, check them out:
Also scarves were a hit, since it was (and still is) February. It was sunny, but a bit chilly outside:
Scarves were given to speakers and volunteers, and also to people asking questions after talks, which dramatically increased number of questions.
Also we had removable Red Hat and Fedora tattoos, very cool. Some people have been seen putting them on their faces even. Stayed on for a couple days, this thing =)
Frankly, I can go on forever about what was there and what wasn’t, but don’t want to risk boring you all to death =) So here are shortly my impressions: I loved it, I’m so happy to be a part of this huge event and will do it again! Still very impressed and excited. Despite doing some graphic work on the spot there, I still got to see the talks. Check out the topics here. For me most enjoyable was the one community talk by Joe Brockmeier about building a successful open source project, Jan Wildeboer’s keynote (I saw Tim Burke a week before at QE Camp) and, of course, the whole Sunday as it was a Fedora day. Speaking about Fedora: I got to meet my manager and team mates from abroad, which was the best thing ever. It really allowed me to feel as part of the community and discuss various important and not so much things. We even in what short time we spent together have come up with ideas for future development and work. And might I say they are great people, very excited and inspired to work with them!
Also I have to mention Will Foster and his Trystack talk, because you don’t see people going around giving talks about serious things wearing monkey suits and giving live presentations using people. See video link in his twitter.
Summary, statistics and plan for next year
Here are some of my photos from the event:
Also special thanks to Kofi-kofi and Pasta truck for being there, real lifesavers.
To sum up, it was once again amazing, 218 speakers, 203 workshops and presentations, over 110 involved volunteers, around 1600 attendees and according to the brewery, 1837 beers were drank during the
#devconfcz Saturday party. We are now gathering data and making plans for next year. Seems like my biggest tasks for now are 1. to organize all the graphics I did into a brand identity manual and 2. to work on the website. If you are willing to help with any of these, please, don’t hesitate and contact me. Also if you have any swag or graphic materials from previous years, especially before 2015, do show, please!
I believe pictures will be published on our g+ or facebook, we now have 4x more than we had from last year. I want to encourage everybody to share their photos and also give thanks and credits to Joe Brockmeier, Eliska Slobodova, Jiri Folta and Jakub Jelen. It’s the enthusiastic people who make this conference, thank you, everybody and most of all Jan Bleha, who organized it all. See you next year 😉