Last week Olia, Jack & I went to DjangoCon in Budapest.
The first thing that struck me about the conference was the spectacular venue; this year DjangoCon was held in the Budapest Music Centre – a modern, fresh and beautiful space.
Each year DjangoCon EU is held in an entirely different venue – recent years have included a town hall, a circus tent and a private island.
The conference was opened with some words from Baptiste; he talked about how we can get stuck in a bubble of experience, and how understanding different viewpoints can make us stronger. Every talk at DjangoCon wasn’t just about Django, it would cover something more – allowing us to become stronger developers, just as each person at the conference wasn’t there on their own, they were part of the wider & stronger community.
Also, this is the first conference I’ve ever been to where there was an official emoji ?.
The talks were brilliant. I’m a big fan of single-track events, there was a really good flow and common themes throughout the talks.
One talk that we found particularly interesting was Andrew Godwin’s “A Brief History of Channels”. It was great to see the work going into realtime support in Django – we’re looking forward to seeing it progress.
Another personal favourite was Katie McLaughlin’s “The Power ⚡️ and Responsibility ? of Unicode Adoption ✨”. I love using emoji for stuff, and it was awesome to see such a great technical, historical & future look at emoji support. ❤️???.
As a sponsor, we were so happy to be attend DjangoCon and really felt like we were part of the community. We had some great chats with people who use Pusher at large scale, and also people who had never heard of us. (Pro-tip; go and chat to the sponsors at conferences – we’re lovely.)
The talks were videoed and should be online over the next couple of weeks – follow @DjangoConEurope to keep updated.