Git Merge 2015 in Paris - The Social

Git Merge conference is over and now is the good time to sum up what’s been about. Of course we have seen many great keynotes, some more interesting than other, yet all benefitial to some point. But there was so much more - I’ve personally met several very interesting people from all over the world, seen the magical city of Paris and had a wonderful time.

So this is probably the place I thank all the organisers, GitHub, Atlassian, Microsoft and everyone involved for the great experience.

Feeling the community

Great thing about Git Merge was its format - 30-minute presentations followed by a 15-minute break was just the right thing to keep speeches focused and interesting and to allow the audience to approach the speekers afterwards with more or less related topics. That was actually another awesome part of the conference - all the speakers were open to anyone who wanted to reach out which really created the feeling of being one community. Me personally had a nice chat with Emma Jane (@emmajanehw) about her new book and she provided nice tips how-to approach university students with the topic of version control and git. Thanks!

The Reservoir Dogs

The organisers promoted the community-thing in a very efficient manner - they organised guided tours for us a day prior to the main event. The groups should’ve been formed based on personal interests - history, architecture or art. The biggest group formed around the “history-focused” tour, who coincidentally happened to be the only one lead by a woman. What a coincidence, hey? No need to say which group I was on, is there?

The tour itself was very interesting, Eva (our guide) knew the district and its history well and she shown us a few beautiful, yet hidden places. Isles of peace in the heart of the city. And of course, most of our group finished the tour in a bar. Afterwards, we sought each other out during the main event and the afterparty as well, almost as if we came to the conference together. The experience itself reminded me of my Erasmus days couple years back.

Of course, it wasn’t easy to remember everyone’s names, so as we discovered shared interest in Tarantino’s movies, we started to use Mr. Brittish, Mr. French, Mr. Belgium (the infamous Mr. Pink), etc. Luckily, there was one guy per country, except for the Italians. But they were always together, thus it worked just fine :).

So once again - thanks everyone involved for the great experience of Git Merge 2015!

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