And I’m back to not-as-warm-as-Brno Rio de Janeiro, after attending this year’s GUADEC at Czech Republic. This was the second of many, many GUADEC’s I hope to attend in the future, and I have to say it was just as awesome as my first one. I first attended the conference last year, at La Coruña, as an Outreach Program for Women (OPW) intern. This year, I got the chance to come back to the event as an OPW mentor, and also as a speaker.
On August 1st, first day of GUADEC, I gave a talk called “How to not report your UX bug“, based on the research I did for my Master’s thesis. I was really nervous about standing in front of such a large, talented audience, but the experience was absolutely worth it. It was extremely rewarding to get so many positive, interesting comments on the things I discussed. Many, many thanks to Richard Hughes, who encouraged and supported me when I was freaking out.
As always, a lot went on during the eight days of the conference. The schedule was packed with great talks by even greater people. A number of times, it was really trick to choose which track to follow. Besides that, with some many talented people gathered in one place, interesting discussions and conversations kept popping in the corridors and bars. Here are some highlights from the past eight days:
- Got the chance to meet my interns, Saumya and Saumya, with whom I’ve been working with for the last two months.
- Got to meet the best friend of the GNOME Web team, Andrea Veri. Such a pleasure to thank him in person for all the help and great work he provides.
- Interesting Q&A section with the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors.
- The GNOME Foundation’s Annual
GrandGeneral Meeting (AGM). It’s always great to catch up with what all GNOME teams are working on. This year, I got the chance to talk on behalf of the Web team, together with Andreas Nilsson, and of the Membership Committee.
- Lots of cool people attended the Marketing (now Engagement!) and Web BoF’s. Both events were productive and I hope to see everyone there hanging on #engagement and #webhackers!
- The Women in Tech BoF was really interesting, but it was unfortunate that it was mostly a female-only event. We talked a lot not only about obstacles for women, but also for newcomers to the GNOME (and other FOSS) communities.
In general, GUADEC was a blast! It is always great to meet everyone. I am already looking forward to see you all in Strasbourg in 2014! Many thanks to the GNOME Foundation for sponsoring my trip and making it possible for me to attend GUADEC this year: