This year I went to UIKonf in Berlin – my first „big“ iOS conference ever to record some mood videos. I happened to meet Luis there, who of course told me about NSSpain, which he organizes (together with Borja).
We stayed in contact and luckily he invited me to Logroño to record the talks for him.
I arrived there after an exhausting travel just to meet him and some of the speakers at around 12:00pm in the most vibrant street of Logroño: Calle Laurel.
We had some decent tapas (or better: pinchos) and wine and it was great to learn to know some of the folks already.
The following days were just awesome: there were really so many extreme good talks, that it sometimes was hard to concentrate on the recording of them! And no matter, if it was a technical or a non-technical talk – the speakers were just great. The extremely entertaining talk from Andrew Tarvin (‚programming humans through humour) seemed to be very inspiring for the rest of the speakers. So the following talks followed his recommendations to ’sell‘ some hot stuff with humour – at least that was my impression.
Simone Civetta even spended almost the whole Thursday night to redo his presentation – and came out with a really great, interesting and diverting talk about code quality metrics. I never thought this topic can be so amusing !
I met so many people (also in the following weekend, where there was this big, BIG party in the whole city going on…) and it really was striking that everyone I met was just kind and likable and really no one sat upon a high horse – even when I mentioned that I am an absolute newbie on iOS.
It happened to be Matt Galloway (which I didn’t recognize that very moment) who I told, I would use Ray Wenderlich’s books to start with Swift. He just grinned and said something like „Good choice, I wrote that book.“ – a little embarrassing for me, but also really great to know this nice guy!
So, this conference definitely inspired me – as soon as possible I will start learning Swift and hopefully be able to accomplish some successes…
And if possible, I would love to go to NSSpain again in 2015!