I was granted a scholarship from the Linux Foundation to attend the event for the first time this year. This was unexpected I must say, leading to last minute preparations in order to go to Dusseldorf.
What really stood out from my point of view was the logistics around the event, at least the visible part of it. Once on site, at the Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD) where it happened, everything seemed to have been taken care of. From the people holding the registration/reception desk all day long, to the waitresses and waiters serving food and drinks all day long (including proper breakfast and lunch!), to the people recording the talks and taking pictures in every room again all day long, the organisation was really top notch.
Don't get me wrong now, the other events I experienced in the past certainly required a lot of organising too, and they were just as much enjoyable. In fact, it would have been difficult for me to attend LinuxCon & ELCE without the scholarship given the hefty registration fee required.
Knowing that does not make the care and effort put into the preparations of the event less commendable. Kudos to the Linux Foundation and to all the people who were involved into the "behind the scenes" making of these conferences !
My LinuxCon & ELCE name tag.
As far as the talks went, it was a thrill seeing some key FOSS contributors on stage and actually meeting a few of them in person.
I got the opportunity to meet the team behind the MIPS Creator CI20 project, and it was really energising discussing with them. I also bumped into a few friends, some of them long time attendees of this kind of events, and we hopped on the occasion to share a few beers and good laughs together.
Last but not least, I must take the time here to thank Marina Zhurakhinskaya and Karen Sandler for talking me into going to LinuxCon in the first place; it probably wouldn't have happened without meeting both of them :-).
Let's make sure we all meet soon again !