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I'm a web developer.
I'm the lead developer behind The Gleaners Interface.
I live in Vermont, and love to travel.
What a conference!
It's been a damn long week, and it ended with a pull request to Django's source code! Here's a quick rundown of tips that I'll be thinking of next time I go to a conference:
There are a lot of takeaways, but I'd like to really elaborate on that last one. One of the ringleaders of the event made a joke about the 3-2-1 rule, in that every day at a conference you should get three hours of sleep, two square meals, and one shower. And if you have to skip something, don't skip the shower.
That said, there's a lot of rules we all abide by when we're in our normal lives that need to get a little extra emphasis at a conference. For short two day stretches, it's easy to run yourself thin and sleep when you get home, but a week long event like Djangocon, I found myself battling with sleep deprivation, not moderating my coffee consumption, and basically the mindset of sprint til you get home couldn't hold out that long.
Maybe I'm just getting older, but I'm glad that Wednesday night I decided to just eat the lost productivity and go to sleep at 9 like a sane person. It made the last day of the conference that much more enjoyable and remember why I put such a high priority on maintaining my energy through my non-conference-going life.
Thanks again Djangocon, I hope to see everyone who attended at PyCon Montreal!