So for the first time in my programming career, I attended a conference last week.
I'm not new to the world of conferences, having attended a couple as a massage therapist. But I have to say, tech conferences are a whole lot different from massage ones - for obvious and perhaps less obvious reasons.
Probably the most striking (but completely expected) difference was the number of women in attendance. The percentage of women who are massage therapists is about 80% of the profession, while the number of women in tech jobs is about 20%. So in other words, the gender makeup is completely flipped from one career to the other.
Certainly something to get used to! But, while we joked there were no lineups for the women's bathroom, this gender divide wasn't strongly noticed during this conference.
In fact, Web Unleashed (WebU14) was a very positive, supportive conference, which many people commented on. Great speakers, great conversations, no snark (that I was aware of). I met some great people, attended lots of really informative talks, and even won a free book.
In terms of the actual content, I have to say I learned a lot over the two days I attended!
Looking forward to next year's WebU14!