I had the opportunity to attend my first Java developer conference: Voxxed Days Bucharest 2017. I learned a lot of things, I had a great time and I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts about this event.
What I liked
- The diversity and relevance of the content. There were many speakers with talks and workshops covering a lot of topics. If you are a Java developer of any level, then you would have definitely found some interesting talks. My personal favorites were “Mutation Testing” by Rafal Leszko and “Clean Lambdas and Streams in Java 8″ by Victor Rentea. The content is the core of every developer conference and I think Voxxed Days Bucharest nailed this aspect.
- The location was very accessible to everybody, including foreigners. The event took place at Sheraton Bucharest, which is situated in the center of the city and close to Piata Romana metro station.
- There were a lot of opportunities to network, especially during the coffee breaks.
- There were a lot of participants from many software companies. I really like that programmers are showing more and more interest to this kind of events.
The event had a really nice vibe. You can check out some photos I took bellow:
What needs to be improved
- I had the feeling that there were way more participants than the organizers had expected. At each talk, there were people who could not find a seat because they were all occupied. I think a larger venue would have been better.
- I wish the workshops were more hands-on. The content was great and the speakers did a really good job. But, there was a lot of information in a very tight time frame. You had a choice to make: to listen and understand the discussion or to focus on the coding exercises. You couldn’t do both and I think this is a pity.
My final thoughts
All in all, I enjoyed the time I spent at Voxxed Days Bucharest 2017. There were small inconveniences, but the benefits far outweigh the downsides. I recommend this event to any Java developer that wants to get exposed to new technologies/methodologies. And I hope that next year there will be more of us. Who knows, we might even have a Devoxx Bucharest in the future if the participants keep on coming 🙂