FOSDEM 2023 - A recap This weekend I traveled to Brussels to attend FOSDEM 2023, although only for the first day (Saturday 4th, 2023). It hasn’t been my first one, but it has been the first massive event I have attended after the COVID-19 pandemic. After the morning keynote, I had a quick look around the buildings where the event was hosted to visit the different stands of the many sponsors of the conference.

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JCrete 2019

Amazing. That’s the one word summary for this unconference. It wasn’t my first time in an unconference, although the previous ones were slightly smaller and my experience then wasn’t that satisfactory as the one I’ve had in JCrete. And I have just discovered the key ingredient for a successful unconference: the people. Because is not only about the technical content of the sessions (which was quite high, don’t get me wrong), but about those interactions during and after the sessions, happening without any planification, as natural as a conversation can be.

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I just got home after enjoying a couple of days in the Connect conferences in Valencia. And they’ve been great! There have been sessions about Machine Learning, Deep Learning, APIs, AI, BigData and many more. Oh, and there have been drones too. To summarize, the ecosystem surrounding BigData and AI technologies is amazing and currently is really on fire. In my humble opinion, I think this quote from Ramón López de Mántaras’s keynote “Past, Present and Future of AI: A fascinating journey” describes the energy and enthusiasm that people working in AI and BigData transmit when they talk about the matter:

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Codemotion 2015

Day after Codemotion 2015, this is my overall opinion of the event: meh. Don’t get me wrong, technical sessions have been quite interesting, full of really nice people and organization must have worked really to get the event running. But, in my opinion, this event is dying of success. Way too many assistants, making really hard to walk from one session to another (even having 15 min between them), or having to arrive 30 min before start if you’re intention was to have a nice place to plug your laptop and be able to see the presentation.

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Persistencia ha sido el tema tratado en el OpenSpace que se ha realizado en las oficinas de tuenti. Hemos podido hablar sobre temas como NoSQL, ActiveRecord, BD basados en grafos, geoespaciales, … entre otros muchos. Ha habido mucho debate, con muchas opiniones, pero sobre todo muy buen ambiente. Muy interesante la charla que ha dado la gente de tuenti sobre como gestionan la persistencia. Es de agradecer la claridad y transparencia con la que han participado.

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Creo que la mejor forma de iniciar este post es felicitando a los organizadores (@borillo, @xaviuzz, hay que reconocer que os lo habéis currado) y dando las gracias a peerTransfer por hacer de host para este evento de forma totalmente altruista. Una pena para aquellos que no hayan podido asistir: ha resultado ser un evento muy dinámico, con opiniones y puntos de vista muy variados e interesantes y, sobretodo, divertido.

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{} Fue un día agotador, pero valió la pena. Mucha gente, mucho nivel (no tanto en los talleres, pero bueno) y muy buen ambiente. No voy a hacer más resumenes acerca del evento (ya he leído unos cuantos en un rato), simplemente recomendar que si tenéis la posibilidad de asistir al GDD MAD 2009 no dejéis pasar la oportunidad. Temas principales sobre los que se hablaron: Android (tema estrella sin duda) Chrome AppEngine Gears Opensocial A continuación os dejo un enlace al álbum en flickr con las fotos que tomé.

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Daniel Pecos Martínez

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