For those who’re questioning why there was no e-newsletter final weekend, it was as a result of we had our palms full with Hackaday Berlin. However boy, was it value it! Moreover being the launch occasion for the tenth annual Hackaday Prize, it was the primary Hackaday gathering in Europe for 4 years, and it was superior to see a bunch of acquainted faces and meet many extra new ones.
In a world that’s so interconnected, you may suppose that social media can handle all of it for you. And to some extent that’s true! If I may rely the variety of occasions I heard “I comply with you on Twitter/Mastodon” over the course of the occasion!
However then there have been tons of different conferences. People who find themselves all inquisitive about constructing and designing analog synthesizers, even some who reside in the identical city megalopolis, assembly one another and speaking about modules and designs. Individuals who love flip dots. On the spot collaborations of individuals writing video drivers and other people making large LED partitions. And in some way there’s nonetheless room for this to occur, despite the fact that the algorithms ought to have most likely hooked these people up by now.
From the attitude of internet hosting the convention, I get probably the most satisfaction from seeing these probability conferences and the final ambiance of individuals studying not solely new issues, however new individuals. This cross-fertilization of friendships and venture collaborations is what retains our group very important, and particularly popping out of the Pandemic Years, it’s completely essential. I got here away with a protracted checklist of recent plans, and I’m certain everybody else did too. And for some motive, social media simply isn’t a substitute. Take that, TwitFace!