The Evolution of Developer Conferences

The yearly conference is a welcome addition to any developer’s planned events for the year.

It’s an opportunity to meet with colleagues around the world, meet new friends, perhaps meet with customers and of course, to relax and learn some new tricks of the trade.

Boiled down to two words: Collaboration and Learning.

This was 5 years ago, now there is a third component to Developer Conferences – “Exclusivity”.

Aaah yes, now some (not all) conferences are managed based on how exclusive they are, how many people can sign up within X minutes, how many limited seats will be filled and by whom.  It’s now a contest for the conference to be sold out the fastest and get the best gift even before the speakers and sessions are announced.

So if you don’t know what you are signing up for, and you don’t know who of your fellow colleagues are going to be there and you don’t know what you are going to learn – what are you signing up for?

The Hype.

And no matter how much you wish to deny it, you never leave the Hype having had your expectations exceed – it always ends up being “meh”.

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