[EN] Reminiscence Boulevard: IT Camp 2013 The Transylvanian Experience

Start Date: 20th May |
Grand Date: 23rd may |
Direction: Wroclaw–>Warsaw–>Budapest–>Cluj-Napoca |
Target: The Best IT Conference in Romania

IMG_4665I meet Mihai Tătăran first time at MVP CEE Micro Summit in Osijek (Croatia) just a moment before Kulen Dayz last year. Mihai’s role is Director General Avaelgo and Microsoft MVP {TWITTER|BLOG|LINKEDIN|FACEBOOK}. We spend few hours on the same table with great conversation with other MVP from Europe Area. One of very important effect of this meetings happened now: it’s IT Camp 2013 in Romania. I send my submission, which has been accepted, and after twenty six hours trip I meet heart of Transilvania, The Cluj-Napoca City.

Third edition of IT Camp was held in absolutely beautiful and extremely good hotel: Five Star The Grand Italia, based on the top of hill in Cluj. Beautiful view of Carpathian Forest and Hills, also with panorama of city. As a speaker I had amazing big apartment with kings’ size bed, jacuzzi, and balcony. brand new hotel (two years old) with touch less managing cockpit, big flat tv set and full cooler.

IMG_4685Tuesday (21st) I check in very late (few minutes past seven) and when my jacuzzi was ready I answered invitation from Mihai for dinner. Sadly leaving jacuzzi and went to veeeery long fantastic Speaker Dinner with Mihai and his wife – Diana (and daughter), Tudor Damian {TWITTER|LINKEDIN|FACEBOOK} with his girlfriend (Hungarian) and Peter Lesson {TWITTER|LINKEDIN}. We started about 8 PM and finished, late after midnight. 

IMG_4676Wednesday (22nd) I spend on sightseeing this beautiful city. It was a little bit rainy, but nice. I found some good places, monuments, buildings, local version of “Small Venice” and few local shops. Afternoon I checked my session a and make a moment of relax, before special pre-conference party. We went to local restaurant when many of organizers and speakers meet together for talks, tasting, eating and Rakja’ing… I should say: famous speakers with Richard Campbell {TWITTER|LINKEDIN|FACEBOOK} and Tom Hickaby {TWITTER|LINKEDIN|FACEBOOK} as special keynote speakers, and more fantastic folks like: Florin Cardașim {TWITTER|LINKEDIN}, Radu Vunvulea {TWITTER|LINKEDIN}, Petru Jucovschi {TWITTER|FACEBOOK}, Raffaele Rialdi {TWITTER|LINKEDIN}, Dan Nicola {LINKEDIN}, Martin Kulov {TWITTER|FACEBOOK|LINKEDIN} and more, which (I apologize) don’t remember. Many good talks, ideas, sharing experiences. New peoples, horizons, opportunities. Fantastic peoples, great food – THNAK YOU DIANA for remembering about ”suitability for vegetarians”

IMG_4754Thursday (23rd) The conference day. From early keynote (ok, after short breakfast) till last minutes of last session it was very intensive day. Great opening (thank You Tudor and Mihai for choosing English as conference language), absolutely amazing two keynote sessions by Richard and Tim, and nice session (even focused for Romania customers and companies) by Petru. I watch (fragmentally) some sessions, spend many minutes with coffee and friends, checking session last time (in really awesome Speaker Room – the best which I’ve ever seen), and finally take a deep breath.

In last slot at Architecture and Best Practices track it was my slot. I presented session: “2 AM. A Disaster just began” about how to survive disaster with SQL Server environment. In a room of two hundred fifty places I talked and presented for about one hundred peoples. My audience looks like a little bit tired after full day of fantastic knowledge, and they decided to take another bag of best practices from me. Thank You all. Session was very interesting for me too, not only for attendees. Result of my session are very impressive – based on mail form Tudi:

For your session, your content rating was 4.31 (out of 5),

and your presentation rating was 4.61 (out of 5)

Amazing, really amazing. I observed one important factor at this conference. In my opinion about 30-35% of total number of attendees on IT Camp 2013 were woman! It’s amazing that many companies in Cluj not only are employer for women, those companies send very qualified staff for another training. Why I used “very qualified staff’ form? Look for the stats:




Pictures from this event are on MY FACEBOOK album and of course on IT CAMP FAN PAGE. Definitely I will back there.

Post Scriptum:

After few days I received (based on Polish-Hungarian) friendship special package, with gift from IT Camp Team: very small jar of… “Dulccata de ruci verdi” and a little bit bigger bottle of “Sirop din muguli de brad” – testing time will come soon…