10gen’s Mongo Atlanta Conference

Just spent a very informative and interesting day at 10gens’ Mongo Atlanta conference (#MongoATL Hashtag).  For a one-day conference, the event seemed to be very well planned and executed, and I feel like the event (and it’s sister events) is a great one to attend if you’re using or planning on using MongoDB.Held in the extremely nice Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center, the event consisted of several speakers talking about how they’re using MongoDB, or how to tune and administrate the database.  These were fairly technical talks as most had code up during the presentations or were running commands from an interactive shell.  The audience participated eagerly during most talks and the questions at the end of the talks were all pretty good.Closing out with a couple of random thoughts:

  • It took awhile for the wifi to work, but they got it straightened out after about an hour.
  • There was never enough coffee on hand.
  • The swag was really nice: T-shirt, mug, and stickers.  All of it was branded Mongo and not 10gen, which I felt was a classy touch.
  • Most presenters tweeted URLs to their talks within minutes after they gave their presentations.
  • It was cool to see 10gen’s CEO up there giving a lecture on how to administrate Mongo and how sharding works.
  • Every single presenter used Keynote.  This might have been the single most surprising thing to me.
  • It was really refreshing to be at a very technical conference.  Unlike most of the healthcare conferences I go to, this one spent quite a bit of time showing code examples, answering very technical questions, etc.

All in all a great experience.

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