Monday, January 26, 2009

CUSEC 2009

I just attended the CUSEC 2009 conference in Montreal last week(end) and it was incredible. Between the speakers' stories, the crazy evening parties, and meeting so many awesome people, there was little to complain about.

Speakers included Leah Culver of um, fame?, Dan Ingalls (best known for his work on Smalltalk), and Richard Stallman who shouldn't need much of an introduction. Each speaker added a different flavour to the conference and despite their diverse backgrounds, they all showed a genuine passion for their work. It's impossible to be in such company and not get fired up.

The only downside was the insane focus on web technologies, but I suppose I'll just have to find a systems conference in the area...

Picture by caribb

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  • Hi Sharvil! This blog doesn't udpate so often, but it's pretty interesting. Good to see a new post!
    Wishing you all the best, Jan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 27, 2009 8:08 AM  

  • Thanks for the comment, Jan! I'm hoping to write more often these days and the encouragement certainly helps. :-)

    By Blogger sharvil, At January 27, 2009 11:14 PM  

  • Hi Ushanka, I'll take the blame for the "insane focus on web technologies." (I did most of the inviting). It's what's sexy in the industry right now (and my personal bias...) so it's very easy to miss passionate speakers from other domains.

    To be fair, when we invited Dan Ingalls, we thought his talk would be a bit of a counterbalance but he also ended up doing a web topic. Also, two non-web speakers couldn't make it at the last minute.

    That said, we're definitely going to try and shift the conference back towards having a bit more of a technical / software engineer-ey focus next year.

    Any suggestions? Any passionate speakers that you think would fit in at CUSEC?

    By Blogger hyfen, At February 21, 2009 1:04 AM  

  • And also, I'm the missing link between @jzila <--> @shazow ;)

    By Blogger hyfen, At February 21, 2009 1:05 AM  

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