Against the conferences

I’ll reveal a shocker for you: I haven’t visited a conference in more than a year.

Now there is O’Reilly’s OS Con coming and as a developer, businessman and contributor to OS I’m a perfect potential attendee.

But I’m not going to attend, neither this not any other conference in the nearest future.

What’s the point of attending a conference?

If you like to produce Open Source, take couple days off and spend them exclusively on your stalled Open Source projects. Furthermore, if you counted the cost saved, you could take a two week mornings off from your employer as holidays (two weeks, one week, depends on your daily rate and what OS Conf ticket we’re comparing to) and hack there — in the productive environment, surrounded by other developers.

OS Conf mentions networking. What is this Networking? Correct me if I’m wrong, but it means you go to meet strangers (same as you) with hope to get some benefit. But what that benefit can be? Job? Hardly so, because if you’re trying to enter a new field (like a break from the front-end to pure React dev), it won’t work. Equally, if you’re trying to switch places, it’s very inefficient — just apply through normal channels and job will be yours (if you’re truly as good as you think).

Freebies?

Stickers?

Increased reputation that is you’ll be able to put it on your CV — “I attended a conference”?

All false reasons to attend.

And learning?

Come on; the books are terribly inefficient, and public presentations are even more so. The crowd, stress, ergonomics of the seat — all will guarantee minimal learning. If you truly want to learn, watch tutorials and read books.

That’s why I’m against conferences.

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