Now that I logged my learning of the Drupalcamp I attended (1, 2, 3) I can also summarize my impressions of the whole event.
- First of all I am very happy that I went, because I learned a lot and were among people. I don’t do enough of the latter nowadays.
- I am a bit disappointed as I didn’t socialize at all, didn’t have a conversation with anybody throughout the two days. I can be a bit shy in new situations, so that was a major reason for this. But also the program didn’t have any social activity built in, besides a few “Birds of a Feather” sessions. But they conflicted with other sessions I was more interested in. Lesson learned: at future Drupalcamp’s I cannot afford to be shy if I want to have a social experience as well, not just a learning one.
- I also realized, that I am no longer the most junior drupalista. I was already familiar with a lot of the content of the lectures. This was the positive way to put the fact that I didn’t have a chance to maximize my learning: about 30% of the time I was listening to things I already knew. Despite the fact that I very carefully selected which sessions to attend.
- The quality of the organization, the location and lecturers were superb. I can’t think of anything that could have been better, with the exception of extracurricular activities.