Some of us at Annertech attended the biggest UX design event of the year in Dublin.
Defuse (Design for use), the Ignite event organised by IxDA Dublin took place at The Sugar Club, a venue in Dublin that, until now, I had only ever attended for concerts.
Everything started very gig-like. The queuing outside until doors were opened (it happened to be the coldest day of the year so far), the darkness of the venue, everything.
Last week the Annertech team headed to Vienna for a week of Drupal learning and sharing. With thirteen different tracks and various summits, there was a lot of great sessions to choose from. We were also privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to present five sessions ourselves, and of course, we once again played host to the Drupal Trivia Night.
It is hard to describe my excitement at DrupalCon Dublin, my first DrupalCon indeed. After a year of preparations by the local Irish community it was hard to believe that it was actually happening.
I think I was pretty well prepared and knew what to expect. A couple of blogs from fellow Annertechies had helped to plan it, especially Mark's Get the Most out of DrupalCon Dublin.
This year's DrupalCon, in my home town of Dublin, was a brand new experience for me. As a seasoned DrupalCon Veteran, (my first DrupalCon was in Paris in 2009), I thought I knew the ropes - how to choose sessions, what to expect, how to party like a bad-ass... I thought I knew what I would get out of it. Man, was I wrong.
With over 2,000 people expected to be in Dublin for DrupalCon this week, it's likely that someone, somewhere is going to need some assistance. We're all very helpful people in the Drupal community and so help should easily be available. But sometimes you get caught out and can't find people nearby - you get lost, you lose your phone, you're in an area of town and haven't a clue how to get back to your home, you are locked out of your AirBnB, you've gone to kiss the Blarney Stone not realising it was 350km away!