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GeekOut 2013: What You Missed (Unless You Were There)

“The only goal for you at GeekOut is to meet 2 new people and come up with 2 new ideas”
-Jevgeni “JK” Kabanov, ZeroTurnaround CEO and Founder.

The WiFi was amazing–nuff said

As I sit here at the Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, hotspotting an EDGE signal from my iPhone to my computer (Velocity organizers want $80.00/day per device for WiFi), it reminds me that GeekOut 2013 had amazingly strong WiFi, enough to serve the 350 geeks (and 1000 devices) that attended. But what do you expect from a country with WiFi on the public busses?

This is the third GeekOut that ZeroTurnaround ran–last year, 250 Java fans came and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. For 2013, we upped the ante by trying out a new paradigm for IT conferences…instead of focusing on the budgets, sales and sponsor packages, we decided it was time to revolutionize the way the industry thinks of technology events.

How did we do that? Well, like our excellent list of handpicked speakers, we also carefully selected vendors and invited only the firms with the best technologies out there. From Atlassian, JetBrains and Github to Vaadin, Hazelcast and Plumbr, all technology vendors were required to give in-depth tech demos and thus were invited to take part in the show like anyone else. Not treated like a source of funds (GeekOut, by the way, did not earn money).

Some stats, for the curious

  • Attendee count: 350
  • Countries represented: 22
  • Companies represented: 80
  • Speakers: Andres Almiray, Andrey Breslav, Attila Szegedi, Brent Beer, Geert Bevin, Jordan McCullough, Jürgen Höller, Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Michael Hunger, Nikita Salnikov-Tarnovski, Ryan Sciampacone, Sam Aaron, Stephane Landelle, Talip Ozturk, Sven Peters, Tobias Lindaaker and Vladimir Ivanov
  • Technology Demonstrators: Atlassian, Cloudbees, GitHub, Hazelcast, JetBrains, Neo4j, Plumbr, Proekspert, Vaadin, ZeroTurnaround

In the end, GeekOut keeps getting better and better each year, which concerns me slightly. What are we going to do in 2014? :-)

Geekout banner
The GeekOut 2013 banner provided little protection from the rain

Attendees just kept turning in circles, eyes wide open in surprise at such amazing technology awesomeness

ZeroTurnaround’s Geert Bevin plays the Eigenharp, literally the world’s strangest and least identifiable musical instrument

Jevgeni Kabanov energetically opens GeekOut even though under the influence of ebola virus and pink eye

For the some of the public photos taken at GeekOut, check this out….and this part too. More soon, hopefully!

  • dasanjos

    Looking forward for the videos online to can watch the parallel tracks I could not attend :)