Der nachfolgende Post ist in englisch. Aus Gründen.
Have been to my first conference ever  and it was great! Basically, that says it all. You can stop reading now.
I’m in the web business for 15 years now. This means I own spam that might be older than you. But I’ve never been to a conference before. Going part-time self-employed this year I decided it was time to change this and along with this decision came beyond tellerrand. I not only grabbed the very last very early bird ticket but also a seat in one of the workshops, although I wasn’t sure if it’s a good idea to attend a completely english-spoken workshop and conference. Looking back I can say it was a very good decision.
Speaking of ducks I didn’t expect to get roasted duck served for lunch. But it was a dish that matched the time-honored location and a great workshop perfectly. Seb is not only a great teacher but also has a lot of other fascinating projects running. I love his large projections as much as I love Kronach leuchtet. Would be really great to see him perform there one day.
So being in town already I decided to go for the smashing meetup in the evening. Finally putting faces to twitter names (e.g. Sandra and Eric). Meeting new fascinating people like Maik or Christian, who are definitely worth a follow. Having great talks with people from all over the world.
Starting the next day at 10am is brilliant. Honestly. And the Capitol is an awesome location! I will only cover some personal highlights, if you are interested in a more in-depth view check here for day one and here for day two or wait for the videos that should pop up on Vimeo shortly.
Chris Heilmann presented lots of interesting stuff from Mozilla, including Tilt, a plugin that gives you a 3D visualization of any webpage, and BrowserID, which finally might become the sign in mechanism OpenID never became.
Seb Lee-Delisle is extremly entertaining when he is on stage and he has incredible live coding skills. What I took from Aaron Gustafson’s talk was that I have to dig deeper into progressive enhancement. Or just stop stacking books on this subject on my desk and start reading.
Also prices for drinks and pretzels had been very reasonable throughout the conference, the free (as in free beer) beer at the party was highly appreciated. Had another evening with interesting talks.
Jon on web fonts covered a topic that I started experimenting with on Frænkisch a while ago, used it on a business project for the first time this year and will push it even further on a project that’s in the pipeline already.
But when I have to name my favorite talk I will definitely vote for Simon Collison. Speaking of web development as a craft, he addressed so much how I think and feel about the industry we’re in. You should check out his slides.
So this was my first conference but for sure not my last one. It’s great to meet so many people who not only love what they do but are passionate about it. This includes the speakers, the people attending and this of course includes Marc Thiele and his team.
 Honestly, it wasn’t my first conference. But I decided to start over. Maybe I write about the reasons one day. Maybe not.