I do like taking part in conferences. I still think, that conferences are one of the most important places where people get motivated (e.g. by meeting influencers, talking to other engineers, listening to completely new ideas or having opportunity to ask).
Also I'm certain that thanks to conferences we improve ourselves. We improve our communication & soft skills, we learn to ask proper questions or polish our engineering skills during deep technical discussions. And also we actually have the opportunity to show others our achievements during ignite talks.
Also I really do love travelling to new places. My private motivation behind this is always the same - to have even a while for a short run in a new place; just like this:
Last but not least. Always try to commute using some public bicycle rentals. Thanks to that we have this unique opportunity to actually see the those interesting parts of cities.
This was the first edition of systemd conference. It took place in Berlin, place where Lennart Poettering lies in his cave ;)
I really looked forward this event, so many thanks to Marcin Skarbek for the idea of travelling to Berlin.
What I liked about the event?
- agenda - basically most of presentations were deeply, technical about systemd; bullshit factor: 1/10 - that's a great score!
- hackfest - during 3rd day we took part in a hackfest. we wrote down some ideas and worked on those. My idea was not that strictly connected to systemd; I just wanted to run some service (GoCD) on different containerization engines so I'd be able to compare those and make my own opinion. I've put everything I did there on github - not that much as I was struggling with some Docker/FS issue for a majority of time (generally speaking docker-storage-setup is an abomination)
- venue - conference was placed in a co-working place with 7/10 hipster factor ;) The room was not that huge - but there were no problems with crowd or whatever - there was plenty of space
- city - I've been to Berlin for the first time and I must say - I liked it! I've put some photos in G+
Which talks I liked the most?
- Fedora Chicanery: How to use systemd nonsense hacks to solve real problems by Stephen Gallagher
- journald and the new options for remote logging by Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek
- Making Docker and systemd play nice together by Dan Walsh
- Challenges Deploying Over 5,000 Containers per Host by David Strauss
- systemd and Control Groups by Lennart Poettering
Of course remember to check the official systemd page
Actually this was first conference where I saw serving vodka with Redbulls (starting from.. 11a.m.?). Incredible :D
About the conference - this was my first Python conference, and just like with the systemd.event I really liked the idea of one day of talks and second day of workshops and sprints.
Also just couldn't resist and not take a photo on the Fedora booth ;)
About presentations I liked:
On the second day there were workshops / sprint sessions. I took part in webscraping workshop and GIS. Everything I worked on during those events is now placed on my github account
I personally traveled those 300km mainly to take part in workshops and I must say that i really liked it! I found it very helpful and well organized. Also the workshop venue was great - yet another co-working space with hipster factor 8/10 (even more than in Berlin in systemd.conf!)
Many thanks to organizers - keep it this way guys!
Devopsdays Warsaw 2015
This year was a second edition of Devopsdays here in Poland. We hosted many great presenters and audience.
This time I was asked to be part of the Program Committee (thanks for that guys!), so I had this unique opportunity to actually have an impact on the agenda of this event. We all did our best to make sure that this would be an awesome conference :)
Actually there were many good ideas (Ignite Talks and Open Spaces were the most interesting imo).
Which presentation I liked the most?
- The dark art of container monitoring by Luca Marturana. It's about tool that should be already well known by systems engineers - it is called Sysdig and it rocks in terms of OS excavations.
- The hidden cost of the microservices architecture by Mirosław Nagaś. Mirek told a story of impelmenting Microservices in Base company. This was a classical case-study, which are so needed on conferences. I really appreciate when people share their experiences - many props for that Mirek!
- Jenkins as a Code by Łukasz Szczęsny. Łukasz showed us, how to approach Jenkins in an automated way forgetting non-fancy UI, hell of configuration-clickin' and maintaining dependencies between jobs. And he actually used Ansible - so many props ;)
This was a great and simple idea: people write down subjects to discuss, then all of us vote for the most interesting topics and finally we start discussions.
My favorite ones:
- life and work balance - it was about understanding how we get the idea of work-life balance and where're limits
- Continuous Delivery - success stories - self explaining ;)
- Hard vs Soft skills - oh seriously we discussed everything that was not technical-related
- Moving to systemd - we tried to answer questions about systemd