I’ve had a few days now since the first-ever MeeGo Conference ended to jettison the jet lag and sort my thoughts, so it’s time to run through experiences there. This will come from a purely personal viewpoint; later I’ll do a more objective analysis of the event. Apologies in advance for the epic length.
I had a “Birds of a Feather” (BoF) workshop scheduled as well as a lightning talk, so there was obvious work involved for the presentations. The lightning talk, an introduction to MeeGo Greeters, was easy to work up. The BoF on user engagement was more difficult, as I had never conducted one before at the conference level. After kicking ideas around I decided to wait until arriving in Dublin and draw out the thoughts of friends and especially my two co-panelists Timo and Leinir. Since this was meant as a brainstorm I figured it might not even hurt to completely wing it. Barring, though, a frustrating tendency to occasionally freeze into a mute on stage or fail to edit a long talk down to lightning class.
But most of my time beforehand was spent drawing requested custom characters for the MeeGo community. Dubbed “Meegons“, the little things turned out to be immensely popular, particularly the week before I had to leave. I had decided to create badge and device stickers of them for as many people as I could. As luck would have it, high humidity made printing a real pain just prior to my flight out, but by some miracle I got everything done that I could. Continue reading