By Cheryl Li on November 27, 2015
At first glance, technical conferences may seem like a waste of time and money. Why spend hundreds of dollars to fly somewhere to hear the same talks that can be later found on YouTube, or read about same topics that can be found on countless blogs? If you’ve been to any good conferences, however, you’ll know that it’s about more than just the talks themselves. Where else can you:
- Talk with the people who write the software you use every day?
- Discuss the war stories behind the blog posts, and hear about the realities of how the work actually got done behind the scenes?
- Have those random hallway conversations that introduces you to new technologies or processes that could revolutionize your entire way of working?
- Make connections with other developers and invite them back to speak at your office?
During my time at Hootsuite, I have had the privilege of both attending and speaking at conferences, in addition to being an active participant in the Tech Meetups in Vancouver. The number of connections and conversations I have had over the years have been invaluable for my own career development, including my experiences at technical conferences. Read More …