When Péter Halácsy asked me to speak about the Orion Project at MLOC.JS, I was both excited and a bit overwhelmed. The other speakers and their topics looked so impressive that I was really glad just to have my name on the same list. Before I get into more technical things, it’s important for me to acknowledge the team at Prezi and all the work they put into organizing the conference and taking care of all the travel and logistics, including a welcome dinner and help with reviewing the presentation material. The conference itself, from my perspective, ran without a hiccup. Peter kept it on schedule with his gentle nudges to the presenters and great introductions for each speaker. The tech team also did a great job making sure everything ran smoothly. They even maintained a live broadcast over UStream for the duration of the conference. There was always coffee, snacks, and treats to keep us all going.
All of this, and we were treated to an amazing setting, too. This was my first trip to Hungary and I was really impressed with the city. I did as much as I could in my short time, including riding the yellow subway line to the Szechenyi Baths, taking the tram to the Gellért Baths (I like to stay clean), rising up the Budapest Castle Funicular and walking around all the major sightseeing sites. On my arrival in Budapest, I went out for a great dinner with some of the other speakers and on Thursday I hung around the open concept Prezi offices. I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t say hello or offer to help me with the coffee machine. During my stay, I talked to a lot of developers from other Budapest companies such as UStream. It has left me with a very positive feeling for the developer scene in Budapest. Everyone was very energetic and positive about their decision to work in Budapest and very excited to talk about their thoughts on helping new companies to grow.
I'm really glad to have had the opportunity to attend and speak at MLOC.JS and meet so many incredible people, both in terms of their technical capacities and their personable approaches to collaboration. If you're part of the Budapest development community, you've got a great thing and you should engage and use this opportunity to grow both the scene and yourself.
Ken Walker, Lead of the Eclipse Orion Project, IBM Canada (@kwalker)
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