So today I’m attending the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference (CITCON) here in sunny (yet cold) London.
The Conference started last night at 7pm, and I have to admit I was originally dreading what would be a Conference that would take away half my weekend (I had all these plans about sleeping etc). That said however I really enjoyed last night. There’s something about getting a room full of like minded geeks in a room and allow them to talk about what they want to talk about.
The Conference is run in a slightly different format to most, and the format bears a bit of talking about.
The format is something called an Open Space which allows the attendees of the conference to set the agenda, schedule and topics, an empowerment that’s maybe a bit daunting before I got to the conference itself.
So last night they got us all sitting in a room introducing ourselves, and discussing the topics that we wanted to talk about. I proposed a number of thorny topics I was ready to get my teeth into with my peers. Then I remembered that having proposed a topic title I was responsible for ‘facilitating’ that session (basically making sure there is something to talk about). So as the schedule stood last night I had a popular topic to facilitate first thing this morning (although the schedule is as fluid as the topics are, so it may not still be the case), hence why I’m able to put a post on the site at 7am on a Saturday.
Anyway I should make a move, I will update with some thoughts on the topics and people from the conference as soon as I have some time, and after all this I just want to say that I’m really looking forward to the day.