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LaraconEU 2016 – Overview

Last time I went to LaraconEU as in 2014 as speaker in the community track, it was my first international event ever speaking in english and I had jitters from it.

A lot a friends were made and it was nice to see all of them again this year.

What I also like about LaraconEU it is a Laravel conference that doesn’t talk always about Laravel, being a bit less insular than one would imagine.

Shawn McCool and his team made a great job this year and I was very honoured this year to be in the Track #1 (Blue Track).

The first round of applauses when I was introducing myself and saying this was my second Laracon made very much emotional and triggered something on my mind:

These people are there to soak in the knowledge you have to share, so give your best, and I confess I tried exactly that.

The venue was amazing, I don’t have a single complaint to make regarding the staff and the organisers, they made everything possible to make people comfortable and I could see them working hard behind the scenes.

The problem is when you are speaking on the second day on a 2 day conference is that you don’t get to get the most out of the other talks that are before yours: insecurity, anxiety, fear, all play a role in there.

The talks I saw were really well delivered and you could see by people that “knew their shit” as we were joking around. Also a lot of cheese jokes to break the ice.

My only regret is not have seen more of the speakers talk, which I will definitely rectify it as soon as the videos comes out, and have made new friends this years was also awesome, keep in touch!

Joind.in: Making the most out of MySQL

Slides:

Impressions over my talk at Laracon EU 2014

On August 28th I presented to Laracon EU my talk about gender diversity titled: Coding Like a Girl: How teams with women gain with diversity.

My objective was to show data supporting that having women in the team is a good idea and actually a good strategy. What concerned me was in the how to approach such sensitive subject. Not everyone feel confortable in talking about that and it is hard to be totally impartial with this subject. Besides, I didn’t want to be interpreted as a feminazi.

But I was really surprised by the amount of people who stayed to see my talk! You have to understand: as a Brazilian whom never spoke in an international event before, I was very nervous, not just about my English, but about the crowd. Kayla Daniels, Frank de Jonge and Scott Wilcox definitely helped me with my cold feet (thank you all!).

And this year Laracon EU had 2 tracks in the community day, so it meant the event would have another talk in the same time as mine! I was sure no one would attend mine, I was almost talking to Shawn McCool to change me to the small room and having the other speaker to talk in the bigger room I was almost bolting out of there. Hence my surprise (and scared) face when I saw a good 70% of the people there to see me talk.

When I started talking, it was clear for the attendees that I was freaking out! BUT, I was able to get my emotions in control because I saw people’s faces, and I could see that for many of them what I was talking about was totally news, it was “I did not know it was like that” face. Probably because the majority was White Males, and other minorities were… minorities!

To see my message being listened and understood, it was incredibly joyful! It really made me happy. Although, I saw a guy sleeping in his chair…

For that incredible experience, I want to thank Laracon EU organization for bringing me there and giving me the opportunity to meet such wonderful people there! Thank you Shawn!

Links

My Slides:

My Joindin feedback: http://goo.gl/yy6lMf

P.S.: I will be giving his talk over Hangouts on Air this Thursday, September 18th, 2014, link to the event here: http://goo.gl/IwiVD8