I think I went to my first software development conference in 2007. Since then I’ve participated in quite a few of them, sometimes as a regular attendee, sometimes as a speaker.
“But with all the technological advancements, isn’t a conference held in person a relict from the past?” is something I hear from time to time.
My answer to this is: No, it’s not - at least not for me.
So let’s take a look at why I still enjoy visiting software development conferences.
In May I had the honor of having been invited as opening keynote speaker to the DevDays 2019 in Vilnius.
Luckily I also had the chance to see a lot of other great talks that made me curious about new technologies, showed me things I hadn’t thought about before and made me appreciate a few things I always took for granted.
In this post I would like to highlight a few of my favorites:
I’ve had the opportunity to be invited as speaker to several software engineering conferences during the last couple of years.
Interestingly, when talking about this to friends and colleagues a typical reaction when they hear this is: “Oh, I’ve always wanted to do that as well but I’m simply not good enough” or similar comments.
As I had the same doubts before actually doing it I’d like to lay out a few thoughts about speaking on conferences and why you are most likely good enough, no matter what you may think.