Otherwise known as….how I spent my Saturday, and the most re-tweeting I have done in one day….ever(hence the hastag).
These have all been influential, but not nearly as inspiring as some that I heard on Saturday.
Since I was volunteering, most of the talks I heard were through a speaker in the front while we helped check in attendees. I was surprised to hear words like, art being used to describe becoming a better developer. It caught my hear because I am constantly trying to find ways to be an artist and a scientist. I was surprised to hear words like empathy, to discuss the need to learn to relate to others, and how essential that is to creating products and services that matter. As a social scientist, I was impressed to have Kubler-Ross stages of grief distilled down and applied to life as an open source developer. Maybe my background was leading me to software development after all?
I have to say that although I was truly exhausted (mentally and physically) by the time I got home, it was totally worth giving up my Saturday, and I hope to do it again next year.