BizConf 2010

This post was originally published on the Elabs blog, before Elabs and Varvet joined forces.

One of my highlights of last year was going to BizConf, so I was very happy to be able to go back to Amelia Island last week for the 2nd annual BizConf.

CJ Kihlbom, Randall Thomas and Marty Haught having lunch in the sunshine

Photo by Obie Fernandez

For me, the greatest part about attending a conference is hanging out with lots of great people. This is especially true about BizConf, which just as last year attracted a bunch of smart and interesting people who were eager to share their experiences. I learned just as much from them as from the presenters.

David Allen

David Allen shows how you feel when you're not “Getting Things Done”. Photo by Obie Fernandez.

One of the many excellent presenters was David Allen (above), the creator and best-selling author of Getting Things Done (which all attendees got a copy of). David gave a really inspiring keynote and an engaging workshop about how and why you should do GTD.

Corey Haines

Corey Haines moderated the Software Craftsmanship panel. Photo by Obie Fernandez.

One of my favourite moments of the conference was the panel on Software Craftsmanship in Small Business. It was lead by Corey Haines, who was kind enough to invite me to be on it together with Gustin Prudner, Paul Pagel and Obie Fernandez. It was a real honour to be on the panel alongside such esteemed colleagues, and we had some great discussions.

Obie and Desi are in over their heads

Conference pool parties are awesome. Photo by Lan Bui.

Fitting to a conference in Florida, BizConf finished with a great pool party. Relaxed atmosphere, good food and drinks, great people and lots of fun. That pretty much sums up the whole conference. I'm already looking forward to next year!