EuroSTAR 2013 – Thanks

EuroSTAR

Well that’s it. Another EuroSTAR done. I’m writing this on the plane home after a tiring few days in the amazing city of Gothenburg, Sweden.

This years EuroSTAR was a really great event.

I saw a great deal of fun and excitement about the industry. I also saw a great deal of standardised thinking, some very shady conclusions from potentially unsound data and a whole lot of reasons to think we’ve still got a long way to go to see deep changes to the way we build and test software. But that’s the sign of a good conference – diverse opinions and much food for thought.

The social side of the event was excellent. There were more social events put on by the organisers (who did a sterling job as usual) and I think the location of the event meant a significant number of hotels were very close by; this kept most people together for the socialising. After all the session track topics are often the fuel for the discourse and deep learning that happens in the bar over a drink.

This was also the first year that I have done a presentation at EuroSTAR. I was deeply worried and very nervous but the presentation went well and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

As with most conferences I knew a lot of people from Twitter who I finally got to meet in person. I also met lots of new friends whilst solidifying existing relationships further.

I’m looking forward to next year. DUBLIN! If you do get a chance to go to EuroSTAR I think you’ll enjoy it.