As I type, I’m listening to the final session of CITCON Europe 2009, at ISEP in Paris. Without doubt, I find CITCON to be one the most energetic and fun conferences I’ve ever attended. I think this has a lot to do with the way that the conference is run. Probably two main features that contribute to this are:
- The conference is run in a open space format. This virtually guarantees that the most interesting and important subjects are represented
- The conference is free to attend, and runs over the weekend. This has the affect that people who attend are extremely engaged with the topic at hand. Pretty much everyone who attends contributes to each discussion. There are not really any people there just to make sure that training budget is used.
There were 5 sessions during the day. I’ll go into more detail about specific sessions in later posts.