The first NetBeans Day Brasil ever (or, possibly, in a long long time) was held on Monday 22 June 2015 in the Oracle office in Sao Paolo, food sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network, and goodies provided by a variety of NetBeans partners, such as a copy of JavaFX Rich Client Programming on the NetBeans Platform, by Paul and Gail Anderson of the Anderson Software Group.
A key aspect to this event is that it is awesome that we now have a location for this in Brazil, i.e., the Oracle office sponsored this event with a very nice auditorium. Many thanks to Bruno Borges from Oracle for arranging this.
The content delivered at the event was really great. Except for myself, all the speakers were local and everything was in the local language, i.e., Brazilian Portuguese. That makes a big difference at these kinds of local events.
A definite highlight was an overview of new features in the upcoming NetBeans IDE 8.1 by a great new active member of the NetBeans community -- Leonardo Zanivan.
Drinks and snacks were great, thanks OTN:
Everyone thought it was unfortunate that only about 1/3 of those who registered showed up, but those who were there were very enthusiastic at the end of the day and want to help promote this next time and they suggest that we use the local Brazilian media, e.g., message boards, etc, to promote NetBeans Day. However, since this was the first event of its kind in Brazil (or, in fact, in Latin America in general), it was really a "getting to know you" and "let's see what this is" kind of event, i.e., we're really just getting our feet wet here and now we have a base to start getting things going more seriously in terms of attendance at the next NetBeans Day in Brazil. We're also thinking of new strategies to ensure there's a closer correlation between registrations and attendance, e.g., maybe charging a few dollars for registration, for example, i.e., to make the commitment stronger to the event, though there are downsides to this approach, i.e., harder to get students to sign up then, etc.
All in all, a nice start, definitely worth repeating at a larger scale. Many thanks to the speakers and attendees for participation in this event!