This is my delayed report on my Guadec experience:
- I found Spain to be a nice break from the Toronto heat.
- I ate octopus.
- I had the opportunity to meet so many new contributors to the GNOME project!
- It was great to put a face to all the students whose blogs I’ve been following on planet.
- All the talks which I attended were totally awesome.
I found A Bright Future for GNOME, a talk by Juan José Sánchez Penas and Xan Lopez very informative and insightful, and actually helped me understand the direction we are going in.
I also found How to turn any Linux computer running Gnome into a portable usability testing lab to be a great presentation about usability. Anna Zacchi demonstrated how Dawati can be used for recording screencasts and webcams simultaneously for running user testing sessions. This was a really memorable presentation by Belén Barros Pena and Michael Wood. If you missed it, you should check out their slides.
I feel lucky to have had the chance to meet Adam Dingle and Jim Nelson, the Yorba guys! I am a huge fan of Shotwell, and Yorba in general. Since then I have cloned Shotwell… More on this in the future maybe :-)
It was great to see Patricia Santa Cruz, Meg Ford, Germán Póo-Caamaño, Florian Nadge, Tamara Atanasoska, Richard Schwarting, Julita Inca, Robert Ancell and Marina again. Some new contributors I met include Fabiana Simoẽs, Jovanka Gulicoska, Matilda Bernard, and Beth Hadley. Actually, I think this time around I met too many awesome people to name here. It was just a great time overall.
A big thank-you to all those who attended mine and Susanna Huhtannen’s talk. We received some very useful feedback about the direction of the Developer Tutorials and Code Samples. It was great to hear that the samples have been useful to students and current developers already! The docs team is hoping to put to action some of the feedback which we received.
Thanks to Shaun McCance for trusting me to make the AGM presentation. Sorry, no slides.
I would like to thank the GNOME foundation for their sponsorship and continued support. I big thank-you to Marina for organising the OPW in general. I have found the GNOME experience tremendously rewarding as a result :-)
Also, a big thanks Robert Ancell and Martin Pit for tracking down my dad at the Madrid airport. It helped put me at ease about that huge air traffic delay :-)
And to echo the sentiments expressed by many: It was an extremely well organised event in an beautiful location. An awesome event and experience through and through!