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01 agosto
2008

I'll be at the djangocon

yes, yes yeeeeees! I finally made it!

I've been waiting to post about it for a while now, but I think is time to talk a little bit about it.

The first django congress website

Three weeks ago, the first djangocon was announced. That announce made a lot of noise over the django community, but there wasn't too much information about it. We only knew that it will be at Googleplex on september (6th and 7th) and that only 200 people will have access to it.

Just 10 minutes after reading the announcement, I realized myself that I had to be there. Quickly I searched over the internet for flying tickets from Madrid to San Francisco and from Barcelona to San Francisco. Obviously I began to plan what would be a trip to the bay area, not only to assist to the djangocon but to be there more time.

From the 14th until the 22nd I keep myself searching, planning, checking... and on the 22nd I got the flying tickets (for me and my gf) from Barcelona to San Francisco (yes, I didn't know then if I'll have a place at the congress..). We will be in the bay area from september the 2nd to september the 14th.

Once I got the tickets, I began to check regularly both the django project website and the djangocon website itself, as in the announcement I had read that the tickets would be released in a few days. I've to admit that I couldn't wait to get one!.

And finally, yesterday at 12:00 UTC (14:00 GMT+2, the current time zone in spain) the first batch with 100 tickets was released. It wasn't my first time on this kind of situations, trying to log in a website to get tickets for some event, so I knew what would happen. And yes, it happened, just 10 minutes before the tickets release the djangocon website almost didn't answer to my browser requests. I began to feel myself excited, nervous. For a while it seemed like no response would came from the web... then, suddenly, a Proxy Error showed up on screen...

I've to admit I began to think that I could have lost my opportunity. But then, as suddenly as the proxy error message appeared some seconds before, the registration link did appear on screen! I filled every field on the form and I barely couldn't believe that I had made it, YES! I shout loudly in the office (luckily, my mates already knew I was trying to get a ticket).

And now I have the ticket, I have the flight reservations and I'm sure I'll be there!

Of course we have a lot of work to do before september. We will have to plan some trips/excursions over california, book some rooms on a (hope so) nice place to stay and such things but, hey, the hardest work is done!

P.S.: mmm don't know if someone from the bay area will read this, but.. any recommendation about the accomodation/hotel?

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Re: I'll be at the djangocon

Check out this interview about Django of Jacob Kaplan-Moss on FLOSS Weekly:
http://twit.tv/floss34

Posted by: w0lfshade at agosto 02,2008 11:46
Re: I'll be at the djangocon

Congratulations...!!

Posted by: pAvL0 at agosto 05,2008 19:59
Re: I'll be at the djangocon

w0lfie: thnx for the link, didn't know about it.

pAvl0: thnx, I can't wait to get there!

Posted by: Wu at agosto 06,2008 01:43
Will try

I don't have a ticket but I might be in the Bay Area during that time and may try to participate in some fashion. I work remotely for UC Berkeley and have some friends there, but live in Chicago. Congrats!

Also thanks for the py25-socket-ssl post, it helped me in a crunch this morning.

Posted by: Milan Andric at agosto 09,2008 04:42
Re: I'll be at the djangocon

Glad to hear my posts helped someone.

About the djangocon, I don't know exactly how many people from outside the US will attend the event, but I'm confident we will be a big number. That means that most of us will be there for more time than only the 2-day meeting at google and that means that, perhaps, some other kind of meeting could be arranged (like a meeting to drink some beers, talk about django and share our experiences and different points of view about the framework itself).

Anyway, hope to meet you there!

Posted by: Wu at agosto 11,2008 16:21
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