[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…


[EN] User Groups, MeetUp, Interview, Speaking… in May

Three years ago in May I didn’t make anything special. It was a standard May, with long weekend (in Poland we have day off at 1st and 3rd May) in the office, and some small things. This year is completely different. Absolutely different. Very busy, very workin’, very interpersonal. Except my standard shifts (one hundred and tvelve hours in office) I use few days from my annual holiday for my community projects.

Phase One: Local Community Meetings:

  • on 7th – Geek Dinner with WrocNET (Wroclaw’s .NET User Groups) for meeting local developers, talks and solving probems |EVENT LINK|
  • on 10th – Special MeetUp with Egeniusz Bilski (pioneer of polish computer science) for celebrating his professional life |EVENT LINK|
  • on 16th – #35 MeetUp PLSSUG Wroclaw (Polish SQL Server User Group) where I will organize whole meeting in Altkom Akademia, and providing one sesson: SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, Developers and Administrators. Shaken, not stirred |EVENT LINK|

Phase Two: International Conferences:

  • from 2nd to 4th – in the City of Robin Hood I will work as a helper (fourth year in a row) at SQLBits XI Conference. It’s the biggest not only in UK, but in Europe and definitely the best SQL Server Community Event where I have been (and will be in future). One day of workshops and two days of conference sessions. I’m responsible for five “room monitor” tasks, packaging, post event party preparation and more. I will work with many fantastic folks and friends form SQL Server UK User Group |EVENT LINK|
  • on 23th – I will speaking about one of my favourite subject: “2 AM A Disaster just Began” in the Capitol of Transylvania – Cluj-Napoca. Fantastic IT Pro, developers, administrators team providing another edition of IT Camp (Romania). I have never been in Romania, but fantastic folks from there – which I meet on Kulen Dayz in Croatia last August – invited me few weeks ago. I have big opportunity to speaking close to other fantastic speakers: Richard Campbell, Tim Huckaby, Martin Kulov, Peter Leeson, Raffaele Rialdi, Alessandro Pilotti, Tiberiu Covaci, Cristian Lefter, Mihai Tătăran, Tudor Damian and over twelve other great speakers. Super Extra Excited |EVENT LINK|
  • from 22nd to 24th – in my home city, my community (Polish SQL Server User Group) organizing 6th edition of our annual event (second year in a row is a international event): SQLDay 2013. This event will be great too (however I missing SQLDay this year), with few international speakers such: Denny Cherry, Thomas Kejser, Chris Webb and famous Polish SQL Server MVP’s: Grzegorz Stolecki, Damian Widera, Marcin Szeliga and few more. Tickets are SOLD OUT from today! |EVENT LINK|
  • on 25th – just two days later I will provide two sessions on my second SQL Saturday this year. It should be third, but on the case of my illness I missed SQL Saturday in Copenhagen (I apologize again, David and Regis). #219 SQL Saturday will be held in Kiev (Ukraine), and I’ll talk about Windows Azure SQL Database Services and about Disasters. The other speakers come from Portugal (Niko Neugebauer) and Bulgaria (Mihail Mateev) and many folks from local SQL Family |EVENT LINK|


Phase Three: Self-Learning & Collaboration:

  • near the end of May, I will spend two days of special workshops oriented for cyber security which will be held in Brussels. It’s European project (called earlier Multi-International Experiment 7) when the security experts and consultants from almost all European Coutries Goverment Organizations, United States Goverment Agencies, representative of army (from almos all countries) and global companies working together on cyber security standards and procedures. It will be very, very exciting.

Phase Four: The interview:

  • last of my project this month, last but not least is interview in US Consulate General located in Krakow for my US Visa. If everything will be OK, I have a plan to going for my firs SQL PASS Summit in fall, and of cours MVP Summit in 2014. Well, will see.


Very, very busy month.