Unlike some of the product-centric seminars that I have been into in the past, I was surprised to find superb speakers glazing this event. Disregard the fact that this is a free event, there was nothing boring hour in this event. Markku Lepisto and Olivier Klein , both AWS experts, gave much information to digest. The delivery technique was above average and it kept us interested through live demos and lively discussions.
|Markku Lepisto and Olivier Klein (image from DevConPH FB)|
Events like this are important for developers across the board. It does not matter if you know cloud, do mobile apps , web apps or you are , just like me, old school coders. Events like this will not teach you how to code, I mean, they cant do that in a day. What it gives you are insights and options. The fact that it opens you to the idea that you have all these tools and technologies at your disposal to create the next big thing is enlightening. You may not be able to use these today on your current work, but, who knows next year or on your job you will need these stuff at your disposal.
The event was far from ideal, there are still rooms for improvement. The speakers were amazing. Registration was great, the one that you can expect from Eventbrite. The venue was fitting, it was big enough to accommodate the participants and the amenities was satisfactory. The food was great and yes, unlimited coffee. However, there are some things that can improve :
- I would have loved to pay an extra if a workshop is included. I know there are a lot of reasons why this is not possible but a workshop with a simple project output would have been awesome.
- Without any workshop in the plan, I still don't get the reasoning behind the "No Laptop, No Entry" in their confirmation email.It was not even checked during registration.
- It could have been more interactive if twitter was used not just a ticket to winning the raffle draw. Questions sent via twitter could have been filtered and relayed by DevConPH to the speakers. All in all, the activities on the social media is a little underwhelming. Then again its the learning thats more important and I guess everyone got a lot of it.
- Lastly, I was a bit annoyed by a few participants who were showing a little interest