What was it? Objectivity’s first dedicated .NET conference
Where and when? Wrocław Centennial Hall Conference Centre, 12th March 2015
They say the devil is in the details and we tried to make sure that every detail was taken care of at WROC#. From the floppy disc name tags and logic toys handed out to guests to the welcome packs that we left in hotel rooms for our speakers. They seemed to appreciate the welcome packs and soon were tweeting pictures of them to show the world (thanks guys! :-)). It’s all part of our philosophy, trying to think about what little thing might make the big difference. We know that international speakers often don’t get a chance to experience the beautiful places they visit so we arranged a pre-conference game in the city. I think they enjoyed it, got to see the sights of Wroclaw and meet some more of our people in a relaxed way. Mission accomplished!
While gadgets and game might make the difference that pushes an event over the edge, it was the chance to listen to some leading figures in the .NET community that brought 350 people to Wrocław. The event consisted of six 60-minute talks on various aspects of programming, from Christian Heilmann’s highly-rated “Innovating the other web” to Mark Seemann’s “F # – type- Driven Development” presentation. We also had the pleasure of hearing from Matt Ellis, Dan North, Maurice De Beijer and Chris Klug.
One speaker, Mark Rendle, couldn’t attend but an ad hoc discussion panel of speakers proved a great way for the guests to engage more with the people they had come to see. Of course it’s possible that the Q&A session was made more lively by the timely introduction of the beer we had specially brewed for the event! And for those that couldn’t make it to the event live, there was even a live stream from the conference, which you can still catch up with here.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an Objectivity event without a decent party to round off the evening. We invited guests and speakers to take part in a table football tournament with prizes, have fun in the souvenir photo booth, dance to the band and relax with a beer in hand. It seems that some of our speakers enjoyed our company so much that they couldn’t see enough of us; Chris Klug and Christian Heilmann paid a surprise visit to our offices the next day. They came as our rock star guests of the .NET world world and left us as a friends.
As far as first conferences go, I think it was a huge success. However, there is always something you can learn from and make better. That’s why we are already planning the second edition and we are sure that WROC# 2016 will be even better. I hope to see you there, so make sure you don’t miss out event updates by following WROC# on twitter and facebook.