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OggCamp 11 is over!

2011 August 14

Saturday morning – got up, looked at the weather – a lot of rain during the night and still raining. When driving to Farnham,  I kept wondering what was plan B for the Geeknic. I could not picture 300 Geeks in a park in the rain and then I realised there was not plan B since we were not allowed to take drinks into the Maltings – everything had to be bought on the premises. Got to Farnham, it was bleak but the rain had stopped, so went to set up the book table. I did not have time to see the sky until lunchtime – surprise! It was not a Mediterranean blue sky but we could almost call it a sunny day – the geeknic is on. Success!






As expected he 19 cans of Ubunty cola went first. Waitrose, you let me down badly- how come you could not supply Fair Trade Cola in bigger quantities?

OggCamp 11 is over for me since I could no make it today. As usual I could not go to the talks but I met some great people, some old friends from the days of LUG Radio Live as well as some I keep bumping into at other events. During the day I met lots of people who are interested in writing for this blog – so hopefully you will find some interesting posts about:

  • Cloud computing
  • Careers in Open Source
  • Using Open Source in Industry
  • and possibly about 3D printing by another maker

And now for the Oscar presentation: I would like to thank –

  • the OggCamp crew – they have been incredibly helpful (carried the boxes of books, set up the table and the reverse in the evening – during the day, they always said “shout if you need help”).
  • my colleague, Clair who charmed everybody and worked tiredlessly all day.
  • O’Reilly for … no that’s enough, it does not sound like me at all.

I don’t know yet where OggCamp 12 will be but I will do my best to be there – possibly for the 2 days.

Now it is time to catch that plane to YAPC or Yet Another Perl Conference – see you there!





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  1. avatar
    August 19, 2011

    Hi Josette, I’m really glad you enjoyed the event. Thanks to you and Clair for coming along. I hope you can make both days next year, it would be lovely to see you. The crew were fantastic all weekend and I can’t praise them highly enough.

    I wrote a long and winding account of my weekend over here –

    See you next time! :)


  2. avatar
    August 19, 2011

    Josette, it was lovely to finally meet you and thank you for coming on board as and sorting out our sponsorship. It’s true, it’s hard to plan a Geeknick but it worked out well and we all enjoyed the drinks, chatting and getting to know one another. See you next year if not before :)

  3. avatar
    August 16, 2011

    Glad you enjoyed it! The OggCamp crew were just generally brilliant all weekend. :)

  4. avatar
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Josette,

    It was excellent to meet you at Oggcamp over the weekend. Remember the 3 little manuals I bought from the stand on Saturday? My colleague sat next to me at Airbus has already used one to solve a little problem!

    Looking forward to getting started with articles for your blog! Please let me know where you’d like me to start, and I’ll get tapping away at my keyboard.

    Oh by the way. Thankyou to O’Reilly for funding the geeknic, and thankyou to you for organising it. I know that both the organisers and conference attendees really appreciated it.

    Kind regards,


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