Dublin Just Rocked and I Loved It!

I spent the week of 8 – 12 July in Dublin, Ireland at the Double Tree Hotel (formerly the Burlington) at Linaro Connect Europe 2013 (LCE13) and I have to say it was one of the best experiences ever, both personally and professionally.

Pete and I at the airport, on the way back from Dublin.

Let’s look at the personal level (since this is my personal blog).  Pete had to be at this event too for his job and while I didn’t get to spend much time with him the time I did get to spend was really great.

On Sunday, before the LCE13 event started, Pete and I had the opportunity to meet two people from the Ubuntu Irish LoCo Team—Jeffrey Roe and Mike O’Donahue—at the Porterhouse Bar.  Not only was it great meeting these folks for some great conversations, a few laughs, and some good beer but I also got to listen and meet to a wonderful Irish Band.



Then the event started and it was epic this time.  The guys from FormAV kicked ass on the video side of things and we finally got the sound and picture quality for the Google+ Hangouts right, not to mention we got the slide sharing side of things working well too. (If anyone wants to know how all that was done, I’ll see if the guys from FormAV will help me write it all up, I can only tell you what my part of it was)

I didn’t get to go to all the socials each night, but more importantly I did get chance to have some great conversations with my team members, various Linaro members, reconnect with dear friends as well as make some new ones.  It was awesome!  Since it was daylight until 10:30 – 11:00pm every night, I had the opportunity to hit a local bar (O’Briens) and make friends with the local patrons. I also went to The Temple Bar in Temple Bar.  All great experiences.

Of all the places around this world I have had the opportunity to visit, the people of Dublin were amazing.  No matter where I was the people were the friendliest, funniest, most welcoming people ever.  Now it could have been the Guinness or the Powers that have influenced my opinion, but no matter…I love Dublin and the people there!

If you’re wondering about all the awesomeness of Linaro Connect Europe 2013 take a look  my posts about it on the Linaro Blog:

It’s exciting to see the future of Linux on ARM being planned and built one engineer, one member and one community at a time. If you are wondering about going to Linaro Connect US 2013 registration is now open.




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