Already our last day in Manchester… One last English breakfast and then one more day at Eurostar 2011! The conference has been great so far and the Avisi team is looking forward to a few more excellent sessions to close it off.
The conference starts at 08:30, it’s a 15 minute walk, we need to be on-time, leave hotel at 08:00. So breakfast at 07:30, alarm set at 07:00. Again, this feels pretty early, but the nice thing is my body still is used to the GMT+1 timezone. So alarm set at 07:00 (GMT) for me feels like sleep-in.
We’re serious about testing here, so we try and attend the EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference every year, as it is the most successful and widely acknowledged gathering of European Software Testing Professionals to date.
Preparing for Machester
The Eurostar conference 2011 in Manchester starts at 13:30. So flying in the morning should be quite alright. We thought. Departure from Schiphol Airport is at 09:50. Seems more than reasonable. Let’s see… check-in at the airport, be there 45 min. early. Ok, now lets check the timetable for the train. We’ve 1 train switch. Hmmm… better add a bit more time, just in case… So, decided to take the train at 06:52, but first needed to meet a colleague at home, so that’s 06:30 then. So add another 20 minutes to get there… All-in-all, I need to get up at about 05:30… what!? Man, that’s freaking early!
We’re right on time and waiting at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Taking a cup of coffee (or 4), waiting for the KL1081 to board.
We made it for the last day of Devoxx! A bit tired after the Devoxx party at the NOXX, but luckily there were only two sessions and a keynote today. Like previous years the keynote on friday was a “technical” discussion panel with people from/representing Oracle, Google, Microsoft, JUG’s, open source. Everybody could ask questions which unfortunately meant that the talk was less technical and more politics. With a lot of political questions which of course the panelists couldn’t answer.
The day started with an android focused keynote by Google. It was definitely a better presentation than the keynote of day one. Despite that it was about android, Tim Bray showed us where the mobile market is going. Touching topics such as monetizing your app, new android features, comparison with the competition (Apple and Microsoft).
17.00 – Everybody is excited about going to the conference. We just have to commit our last changes and we’re off to Antwerp!
19:30 – Checked-in at our Hotel and on our way for some delicious beers
?? – Back at our hotel…