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GUADEC 2019

This is a bit late, as per usual, but I'm finally getting around to blogging my experience at this year's GUADEC 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

This was the second GUADEC that I've had the chance to attend, and the first time being able to attend with Caroline. Likewise, for this GUADEC Caroline and I had spent a metric ton of time helping organize the event, with much of my effort going to getting the registration/room booking website up and running and getting the GUADEC Companion apps off the ground. Needless to say it was a stressful lead-up.

Before GUADEC and the two days of Board activities that I was obligated to attend just prior, Caroline and I took some time to drive around the northeastern coast of Greece, staying in a beautiful little town on the coast called Ouranoupolis.





While the coast was phenomenal, alas it came time to get the event off the ground and partake in my Board responsibilities. We drove into Thessaloniki early in the morning, arriving to the boar…

West Coast Hackfest 2019

Again, I'm late with this post, but with work, travel, and GUADEC my life has been a bit of a whirlwind of late. But here it is, my thoughts on West Coast Hackfest and the work that myself and the Engagement Team did during that time.

Firstly, I'd like to thank the GNOME Foundation and the Travel Committee for approving my travel to this event. This was my first official hackfest as part of the GNOME Foundation, so it was a pretty big deal for me to attend.

The event was hosted at a local communal work space, and we were able to get both halves of their conference room for the full 3 days of the event. This venue was extremely nice and pleasant to work in, and many of the people who work in the building stopped in to let us know that they were fans of what we were doing and knew all about GNOME and the Foundation. Productivity wise, I think the atmosphere and professionalism of the venue lent itself to us all getting work done efficiently. During the first day, the Engagement…