Monday, October 1, 2012

Europe Speaking Tour

When I set up my goal to be a public speaker, I had no idea that it will bring me to far away places like Amsterdam, where I gave a talk at Dutch Mobile Conference. I have applied to a few more European conferences, and to my surprise got accepted by all of them!

The conferences are quite close to each other in terms of time:

Oct 25 - 26 Droidcon London, UK
Nov 02 - 03 Droidcon Bucharest, Romania
Nov 12 - 16 Devoxx, Antwerp, Belgium

I was super excited about the acceptances, but it is taking me a long while to get all the logistics in place. With such long flights it makes more sense for me to stay in Europe, and do some sightseeing between the conferences.

For the week between the Romanian and Belgian conferences, I want to try something different. Instead of sightseeing, I am going to work remotely. I am looking into AirBnB for lodging right now, but it would be even more awesome if I can stay with a local developer. That way I can really get a feel of the tech scene over there, and live like a local.

The only problem is, I don't know anyone in Brussels. Or Gent. Or Bruges. Or Antwerp. Which is why I am writing this blog post right now. Do you know anyone in the greater Brussels area with a spare bed or sofa? I'll be repaying the kindness in Chinese language lessons or Android programming help, whichever is preferred :-)


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  1. If you come someday to Brazil, I'll happily try to find someplace to you. Well, the problem is I don't see a lot of Android conferences here yet.

  2. Thanks for the offer, Douglas! I am not familiar with the South American tech scene, so I'll rely on you to tell me about the upcoming conferences in your area ^_^

  3. Ooops... sorry for the late answer (I thought I had subscribed for mail notifications after commenting, but that was not the case).

    I'm also trying to speak more (as you did), but I'm building some skills first and becoming known in some user groups. Problem is most conferences here are web related (which is great) but I'm looking for mobile conferences. Anyhow, if a promising one happens, I'll make you know.

    BTW, nice ignite on Google IO. I tried Monkey Write, but it didn't play well with an alpha Cyanogen on Atrix.

  4. Happy to see things are working out well for you on this front, Chiu-Ki. Sounds very exciting. Break a leg!

    1. Thank you, Daniel! I've been having loads of fun speaking, and I'm really looking forward to the Europe trip.