It happens only at Devoxx ...

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After attending several Java conferences world wide, this was my
very first time at Devoxx. Here are some items I found that happens
only at Devoxx ...
  • Pioneers of theater-style
    - This not only provides comfortable seating
    for each attendee but the screens are very clearly visible to
    everybody in the room.

  • Intellectual level of
    attendees is very high
    - Read more explanation on the href="http://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta/entry/devoxx_2011_java_ee_6">Java
    EE 6 lab blog. In short, a lab, 1/3 of the content
    delivered at Devoxx 2011, could not be completed at other
    developer days in more than 1/3 the time.

  • Snack box for lunches
    - Even though this suits well to the healthy lifestyle of
    multiple-snacks-during-a-day style but leaves attendees hungry
    sooner in the day. The longer breaks before the next snack in
    the evening does not help at all. Fortunately, Azure cupcakes
    and Android ice creams turned out to be handy. I finally carried
    my own apple :-)

  • Wrist band instead of lanyard
    - The good part about this is that once tied to your hand then
    you are less likely to forget in your room. But OTOH you are a
    pretty much a branded conference attendee all through out the
    city. It was cost effective as it costed 20c as opposed to 1
    euro for the lanyard.
  • Live streaming from
    theater #8 (the biggest room) on parleys.com

  • All talks recorded and
    released on parleys.com
    over next year. This allows
    attendees to not to miss any session and watch replay at their
    own leisure. Stephan promised to start sharing the sessions by
    mid December this year.
  • No need to pre-register for a
    - This is true for most of the conferences but
    bigger rooms (+ overflow room for key sessions) provide
    sufficient space for all those who want to attend the session.
    And of course all sessions are available on parleys.com anyway!

  • Community votes on whiteboard
    - Devoxx attendees gets a chance to vote on topics ranging from
    their favorite non-Java language, operating system, or love from
    Oracle. Captured pictures at the end of Day 2 are shown below.

  • Movie on the last but one
    - This year it was The Adventures of Tintin and
    was lots of fun.

  • Fries with mayo - This
    is a typical Belgian thing.

  • Guys going in ladies room to avoid the long queues ... wow!

  • Tweet wall everywhere and
    I mean literally everywhere, in rooms, hallways, front desk, and other places. The tweet picking algorithm was not
    very clear as I never saw my tweet appear on the wall ;-) You
    can also watch it at wall.devoxx.com.

  • Cozy speaker dinner
    with great food and wine

  • List of parallel and upcoming
    sessions displayed on the screen
    - This makes the
    information more explicit with the attendees.

  • REST API with multiple mobile
    - This API is also used by some other
    conferences as well. And there always href="http://is%20iphone.devoxx.com">is iphone.devoxx.com.

  • Steering committee members
    were recognized
    multiple times. The committee members
    were clearly identifiable wearing red hoodies.

  • The wireless SSID was
    intuitive "Devoxx" but hidden to avoid some crap from Microsoft
    Windows. All of 9000 addresses were used up most of the times
    with each attendee having multiple devices. A 1 GB fibre optic
    cable was stretched to Metropolis to support the required
    network bandwidth. Stephan is already planning to upgrade the
    equipment and have a better infrastructure next year.

  • Free water, soda, juice in a cooler
  • Kinect connected to TV
    screens so that attendees can use their hands to browse through
    the list of sesssions.
  • #devoxxblog, #devoxxwomen, #devoxxfrance, #devoxxgreat,

  • And Devoxx attendees are called Devoxxians ... how cool is that ? :-)

What other things do you think happen only at Devoxx ?

And now the pictures from the community whiteboard:













And a more complete album (including bigger pics of community votes) is available below:

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Willem Monday, November 21, 2011

    Only at Devoxx: 19th century public transport to the venue :-(

  • guest Monday, November 21, 2011

    Many good points...

    IMO, the greatest one is "Pioneers of theater-style seating"! I was at Jazoon in Zürich this year, which also uses a cinema. The screens are huge, the seats are comfortable, and the night movies are a perfect ending of each conference day :-)

    If I had to choose one conference a year, I would choose a theater conference due to these reasons (very good - and often the same - sessions are available at most well-known conferences).

    Best regards,

    Kai Wähner (Twitter: @KaiWaehner)

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