Had so much fun at the excellent Oxford Geek Night yesterday. Was very kind of Wes West and J P Stacey to ask me to speak but mostly it was just a really, really good event. I’ve been to quite a few of these geeks-in-a-room-with-a-projector gatherings, and they tend to be shambolic at best. But this had sponsors, a free bar, and felt well-organised, lively and fun from the start.
The format helped – keeping talks short and punchy. Even the keynotes were only 15 minutes, so it didn’t kill me to put the slides together over the previous busy week, and most of the other talks were five minute blasts with breaks inbetween. It’s amazing what can be said in five minutes, and when it was about something I didn’t understand I knew there would be less than five minutes to wait until the next one.
JP and Wes were charming comperes, there were some ridiculously lovely Shift Run Stop listeners there, some people on Twitter said nice things about my talk, and Santa even showed up. A night of firsts! And kind of a homecoming; it’s always a treat going back to Oxford.