On our way to Brasil.
As you can imagine 10.600km is no walk in the park.
Three flights and 30 hours in total was exhausting but it was certainly worth it. On the upside we got to see Lisbon as we waited about 10hrs for our flight to Brasilia. We arrived happy and really exhausted but luck was on our side since Paulo and Jorge were waiting for us. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing a friendly face when you are an ocean and a continent away from home.
You can see the effects of the 30 hour flight bellow.
Jorge López-Bachille from Guatemala looking fine and Lefteris and me (Krikor) looking, well... exactly like you'd expect us to look after 30 hours of flying.
The conference and the people behind it.
A first look at the UCB university lead us to the right conclusion. Impeccable organisation, lovely venue and goodies for the speakers. Since the language barrier was an issue in Brasil the idea to include translations in Portuguese worked wonders with the crowd. To be honest I‘ve attended multiple events in the past and I can certainly admin that #JDBR15 was one of the best organised.
Javier, Roland, Jorge and pretty much all presentations where kick-ass material (at least the ones I could understand).
The bbq was fantastic as well.
Talk about being nervous. My first international presentation, huge venue, live streaming and the list goes on. Add 750 registered attendees on top and I almost got a heart attack.
Javier Gomez was giving a fantastic presentation before us so having to pull out a good result was no easy task. We pulled it through! Once we got up to the stage all the anxiety went away. Seeing people eagerly waiting to hear about v3 relieved the tension. Once we started talking (insert an apology here to the translators) there was no going back. One more presentation and we where off to the workshops.
I have to admit, the 3hr workshops where a really nice idea which we are definitely ripping of in a local JoomlaDay :) The ability to learn directly from prominent Joomla! developers and to receive feedback directly from your users is invaluable. I don’t think you can put a price tag on this opportunity. I think this is a must for all upcoming JoomlaDay events. It will allow developers to build even better products and enhance the Joomla! ecosystem.
Happy 10th bday Joomla! :)
I would not be a proper gent if I didn’t thank once more all the people who where responsible for this incredible experience.
A big thank you to Paulo, Ana, Jonatas, Daniel, Rafael, Jorge, Renaldo and to all of the gals and guys for the hospitality.
You made us feel like home. Muito obrigado!