What was it? Objectivity’s second dedicated .NET conference
Where and when? Wrocław City Stadium,10th March 2016
On Thursday, March 10th, the City Stadium in Wrocław hosted the long-awaited second edition of WROC# Conference. It was a great and unforgettable feast for developers, who came to the European Capital of Culture from each and every part of Poland just to listen, for several hours, to presentations given by the world-famous speakers. The conference was honoured by such prestigious names as Chris Klug, Julie Lerman, Ian Cooper, Enrico Campidoglio, Glenn Condron and Mark Rendle. The whole event had been fully planned, organized and financed by our Objectivity team!
Let’s start from the beginning. It was not easy to get to the conference. The tickets were distributed (literally!) in the blink of an eye. Actually, to the last moment, it was not known, who’ll appear on City Stadium’s stage. We tried to be like Hitchcock and built the suspense slowly and gradually. The preparations for the event had been started many months before Ian Cooper – the speaker opening the conference, made his first step on the stage. The choice of the speakers was well-thought-out and dictated by their various experience.
And now about the conference. All participants had to go through the registration process before entering the audience. There, they received a decent gift bag with a calendar designed specially for this event, a T-shirt and a notebook, to name a few. The conference hall was admirable – modern space, excellent sound system and minimalist interior design gave you appetite for more. The climate in the hall, the welcome, the omnipresent event staff (always willing to help!), delicious food and an exhibition of old-school computer hardware – it was just the beginning.
A few minutes past nine, Ian Cooper entered the stage giving the most technical presentation that discussed the issues of working with monolithic application and gave advice how to go from Monolith to Microservices. After Ian, the stage was taken over by long-awaited Mark Rendle. He was to start with the first session, unfortunately he was slightly late… This tiny slip-up, though it gave a micro heart attack to us, did not prevent Mark from giving an excellent show. His presentation My First Startup (and other mistakes) was the least technical and most intelligible presentation at the conference. At a glance, everyone could see an entertainment past of the speaker (in his youth Mark was a stand-up comedian). In his vivid story, he made references even to… Pink Floyd.
The next speaker was Enrico Campidoglio, who showed some tricks related to Git. The aim of the presentation was to convince the audience to use GIT from the console. Enrico presented all those tricks live.
After the lunch break, Julie Lerman appeared on the stage. As an only woman at WROC#, with her American ease and smile, she perfectly mingled with this heavily masculinised environment. With great energy, Julie told us about Entity Framework Core. Demos presented in Mac OS were an additional attraction. Her presentation arouse deep concentration on faces of the listeners.
Shortly after Julie, Chris Klug – the star of the previous edition, confidently entered the stage. On his own initiative, Chris proposed the WROC# team to give a presentation during the second edition of the conference. This time, charismatic Chris Klug told us about how to simply and most efficiently build Web applications using various technologies, how to create the most productive and effective application.
The last speaker was Glenn Condron, who arrived in Poland already a week before the conference. He spent all this time in our offices, and making many specialists happy, gave his mini presentation during company’s Lightning Talk and held a two-day workshop. During WROC#, he told us about what he knows best – the use of ASP.NET core.
The official part of the conference was closed by the discussion panel with all speakers answering questions from the audience. It was inspiring, interesting, and the audience kept bursting into laughter, as the panel moderator was Mark Rendle. Curiosity of everyone as was satisfied as every question was answered. Shortly after the panel, many participants dared to talk to the speakers face to face.
After the presentations, the time had come for a feast with delicious food, craft beer (served in mugs with conference logo, which the participants could take home) and DJ’s bits in the background. After the thrilling part, it was the time to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with developers from competing companies and share your thoughts. The chef served geek hot dogs, and for those more demanding, prepared a wide range of dishes from all over the world. When you have had enough food, you could go to the game room to play table football and darts, which gave rise to great interest and (healthy!) competition.
The last guests left the Stadium around midnight, when huge WROC# logo burst over their heads. This logo will not be seen until next year.
And one more thing. After the first edition of WROC#, someone said that this conference is pampering developers level hard. I wonder what he would say now, when this year’s edition has absolutely beaten the previous one…