A lot of people often ask me for reasons I attend conferences or meetups and what essentially I do at these conferences ? I believe blogging about it could be a good way to reach out to a larger audience.
There are several things I do at conferences and meetups apart from listening to amazing talks - Enjoy sumptuous lunches, Making “conference friends” - friends I meet only at conferences and later interact on Twitter! There’s of-course much more to it. I ask questions. A lot. I try to interact with as many people as I can.
One of the common doubts which people have is that what should I talk about to people I don’t know. Maybe this blog will help them with few pointers.
Thinking upon the kind of
questions I generally ask, they tend to fall into following categories:
Such questions help me understand their perspective and how they are working or doing similar kind of stuff I do differently. The idea is to not copy-paste the ideas shared by others but more so to understand the ones I can adapt to.
This is one of the most important things I do at conferences. Meet the sponsors and spend time with them. Sponsors are an integral part of any community-driven conferences like PyCon India conferences, GopherCon India conferences. Most companies sponsor from hiring perspective. I visit their booths to ask following questions and you should too! (apart from accepting goodies from them ;)
If you’ve got interesting questions that one should discuss in conferences and meetups, please comment!