Last Thursday & Friday, I did a short trip to Greece in order to attend the very first Voxxed Days in Greece, it took place in Thessaloniki.
First of all, I would like to congratulate, the master mind behind the overall organization +Patroklos Papapetrou , who eventually succeeded and materialized a long lasting dream (for many of us), to establish in our small country, a conference and activities that would bridge the gap between our small IT market with the rest of world or even the bigger European Markets and developer communities.
The 'Voxxed' family of conferences, is the ideal way for putting our country back in the map of IT conferences, and a great start to warm up again the local developer community.
So overall for me, the most important thing, is not if this particular first attempt was successful (which was). The real important thing is (Athens or Thessaloniki) Voxxed Days, to continue to exist next year and the year after, so that the local community can grow on them and vice versa! So we all need to support this initiative. The price was more than fair and I want to make a call to all the developers (and their companies) in Athens, in a few months time, to support the Athens Voxxed days.
So I am really excited we are going to have an Athens Voxxed Days, which I'm planning to attend and already thinking maybe submitting a talk as well.
During the conference I had the chance to talk with lots of 'blog' friends. Developers and subscribers of my blog. Thank you guys, I promise to keep the blog live and maybe make a new attempt on the podcast.
I was very happy to meet some old friends and talk about the latest state of the Greek IT market, like Spyros Anastasopoulos (one of the founding members of JHUG). You can read his thoughts and review about the conference here. I wish we had more IT professionals like Spyros, both technically but in terms of professional ethics.
Eventually my trip was...very short, so I could not enjoy the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, maybe next time!
See you all in Voxxed Days Athens!