Last weekend I travelled to Buenos Aires to attend to the latest RubyConf Argentina.
It was my first conference outside Uruguay, and I have some opinions to share.
In general it was a great conference, it had some bad things -the air conditioner wasn't working fine and the heat was intolerable- but the quality of the people and the talks made that most of the people stayed up to the last minute of the conference.
The fact that it was my first conference outside my country made me try to get to know new people from other countries and that was a great plus for this event. Most of the times, when you attend to a local conference, you already know most of the people, and even if you don't, you don't care too much, because at least here in Uruguay -a really small country- you can meet anybody anywhere. But when you attend to a foreign event, you may be knowing people that you don't know if you are going to even see each other again. Maybe you do some twitter friends but the fact is that for example I don't know when I will be able to speak with Jano Gonzalez (@janogonzalez) again. And that forced me to do so this time.
The talks where great, there where a lot of topics treated like: microservices, arangoDB, simplicity, algorithms, rubick cubes, docker and some more.
One thing I was disapointed about this is that I was looking forward for a talk that was announced about running ruby on a raspberry pi but the speaker just cancelled and I didn't notice until the second day of the conference.
Visiting a conference outside Uruguay made me realize that the ones being organized here are just great, now I have a point of comparison and I can say that RubyConf Uruguay was excellent. I hope they will be organizing a new edition next year.
In summary, the experience was great, I look forward to attend to some other conference overseas and keep knowing great new people.