[Editor’s note: Google generously provides sponsorship for former Google Summer of Code students to attend events relevant to their experiences with open source. This post from Robby O’Connor, a 2010 GSOC student with Sahana, is the second of three from former Sahana GSOC students that were able to attend our annual meeting in Lisbon because of such support.]
Thank you for your hospitality Lisbon!
What a glorious time that I had in Lisbon,Portugal courtesy of Google and the Sahana Software Foundation! I visited Lisbon for the Sahana Community Bar Camp, Sahana Software Foundation Annual Meeting and SahanaCamp@ISCRAM Disaster Workshop and Simulation as part of the 8th ISCRAM Conference.
I had the benefit of learning a great deal about Sahana during various talks at Sahana Bar Camp. A great deal was learned from conversations and presentations during the Annual Meeting — it was very interesting to hear community members’ comments surrounding current discussions.
A summary of the people I met:
Fran Boon — AWESOME person very good sense of humor…or should I say humour (since he’s British).
Michael Howden –my Google Summer of Code mentor whom I hold a lot of respect for and have learned a great deal from!
Martin Thomson is an amazing person! It was a pleasure to meet him!
Brent Woodworth is another amazing person — it’s people like him that I hold nothing but admiration for!
David Bitner is a fun person to talk to — AMAZING person!
Mark Prutsalis whom I am eternally grateful towards for allowing me the opportunity to go to Lisbon!!
Dominic König taught me a lot about the framework which he designed (S3 REST specifically) — he is a very knowledgeable person!
There were some that I met but didn’t have many in-depth conversations, those were Chad Heuschober and Greg Miernicki. I learned a good deal through just sitting and listening to Chad talk to Fran.
I can’t forget the people who were there after all was said and done — my fellow Google Summer of Code students Zubair Assad and Praneeth Bodduluri. They are very cool and awesome people and should not be left out!
I wish I had been able to meet Pat Tressel — but it is what it is!
I learned a great deal about Sahana and how the framework operates — but more importantly I had the time of my life and will cherish the time in Lisbon for the rest of my life! A more in-depth post can be found on the Sahana Software Foundation blog.
I sincerely hope I did not leave anybody out here and hope that this accomplishes the goal of conveying my experiences! I don’t think I can express in words how grateful I am to both Google and the Sahana Software Foundation for sponsoring my trip to Lisbon — it was amazing!