vBSDCon with Reyk Floeter (reyk@) and Henning Brauer (henning@)
Contributed by jcr on Thu Nov 21 05:03:08 2013 (GMT)
from the no-inside-jokes dept.
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,
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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