Let me start by saying kudos to all the people that helped make Techorama a reality. Organising an event of this magnitude is all but easy, so congratulations!
I have lots of different approaches I use to master new technologies. And while I really do enjoy it, attending conferences is not one of them. Don't get me wrong. It's always nice to see what is raging in the IT world and I love listening to iconic speakers talk about what makes them passionate about their jobs and lives.
For the record, the technical quality and dept of the techorama-sessions were really good.
So, what DO I get out of these sessions?
Well, getting a couple days off is always nice :p.
Apart from that, it's always fun to bump into old colleagues, friends and acquaintances. Belgium is a small country, some of them are bound to be walking around there somewhere ;).
I must say that I really enjoyed the non-technical sessions. 'Zone Out, Check In, Move On' by Mark Seemann or 'Be a Better Dev' by Mike Wood were all about productivity and time management. They gave really good pointers (like stay away from tfs ;-)).
The last and propably the most important reason is the chance to do something fun with my colleagues. We work for a consulting firm, so we do not have that many opportunities to see eachother.
But I always enjoy the chance to pick their brains about stuff they are working on, or have expertise in, or are just enthousiastic about. I do think very highly of them :).
Techorama 2014 was fun, interesting and highly educational. Until next year!