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vBSDCon with Reyk Floeter (reyk@) and Henning Brauer (henning@)

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At the end of October, very first Verisign vBSDCon was held near Washington D.C. at the Hyatt hotel in Dulles, Virginia. Reyk Floeter (reyk@) and Henning Brauer (henning@) were asked to give a joint presentation titled, "Inspecting Packets with OpenBSD and pf". Henning wrote in to tell us about his experience and give us the previous link to the presentation slides.

At BSDcan 2013 in Ottawa earlier this year, Michael Dexter got Reyk and myself together with Vincent Miller of Verisign, who was in the process of organizing vBSDcon. He asked us wether we could give a pf run-through presentation at vBSDcon. We quickly agreed on a way that makes it comfortable for Reyk and me. We flew over to IAD, the Washington D.C. international airport in Dulles, VA, where the conference was held. We found an amazingly well organized conference. Even though this was the first vBSDcon, it was obvious the team had experience in organizing events like that. Our talk [link to slides] was very well received, the audience was great, and I had a lot of fun on stage giving it with Reyk.

I must add here that I really really like single-track conferences. They make people watch talks they'd normally wouldn't go to and thus helps to break up each ones filter/bubble a little bit. Very noteworthy and a common to these conferences are the conversations in the hallways, at the social event, and etc. (i.e. outside the scheduled talks). Lots of good feedback and input on various topics is available, and last but not least, "syncing" with developers from other projects. Together with Adrian Chadd of FreeBSD, Reyk and I spent the few extra hours we had on Monday by visiting the Air & Space Museum next to the airport. It was very interesting.

Overall, a very nice trip, a very well run conference, and surprisingly cheap for the attendants! I definitely recommend it and I hope to be back for the next one, planned for 2015.

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