Tomorrow, I'm off to San Francisco to attend FooCamp, the annual invitation-only conference organized by Tim O'Reilly.

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when Tim O'Reilly invited me to FooCamp a couple months ago. I first met Tim little more than a year ago when we had a breakfast meeting in Sebastopol. We talked about Drupal and Open Source software, Tim connected me with various other people in the Open Source community, and after breakfast, we were invited to spend some time at the O'Reilly headquarters in Sebastopol.

And now FooCamp. I've never seen a line-up of people this impressive. Some of them include Larry Page (co-founder Google), Ray Ozzie (Chief Software Architect at Microsoft), Mitch Kapor (founder of Lotus and of the Electronic Frontier Foundation), Mitchel Baker (President of the Mozilla Corporation), Allison Randal (Perl Foundation), Guido van Rossum (founder of Python), Evan Williams (co-founder of Blogger.com, co-founder Twitter), Bram Cohen (creator of BitTorrent), Kevin Rose (creator of Digg), Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Caterina Fake (co-founder of Flickr), Chris Dibona (Open Source Manager at Google and one of my favorite geek-heroes), Michael Arrington (TechCrunch), Peter Norvig (Director of Research at Google) ... the list goes on and on.

Despite the incredibly interesting audience at FooCamp, the opportunities, the desire to evangelize Drupal, the quest for what to do after my PhD, and the many friends I have in San Francisco, I can't help but feel out of place already. Maybe this feeling stems from the fact that I have to leave my pregnant wife behind for a couple days, I don't know. One thing is for sure: life has been a chain of unexpected and often incredible events that keep taking me by surprise. I'm grateful for that. :)

Comments

StuartMackenize (not verified):

Wow, that is some guest list! You enjoy yourself, never easy leaving family behind but surely its worth it for the chance to hang out with these kewl people and tell your kids about it when they're older with a cheeky glint in your eye!!

Itkovian (not verified):

Just go, and try to have a good time. Take advantage of this opportunity, because when the little fellar is born, you'll find it much harder still to leave, even for a few days.

Rob Safuto (not verified):

Good luck in San Francisco. If you're ever in the New York area don't hesitate to drop me a line.

On my last trip to San Francisco I felt a bit out of place not knowing the people and places in the Web 2.0 'scene'. When I got back to New York I realized that there is a much larger community and we're all an important part of it. So I think you'll represent well.

I was working as a traveling IT consultant when my wife was pregnant with our daughter. Definitely tugs at the heart strings. Bring home a small gift if you can.

Great song!

Roel De Meester (not verified):

Have fun, enjoy. I agree with Stuart: make sure to keep an eye open for even more 'unexpected' events, and in a few years you'll be able to tell your child about it: "That beautiful day, a few days before you were born, i meet these great guys at FooCamp. I learned so much in a few days, it was amazing. We talked about software and internet and project management and Open source the whole day and night".

Your little one will look at you with a feeling of great admiration, will have a smile on his face for days, and one day will sit on your lap and ask "Daddy? Are you a geek?" And you'll go "Yes my dear, I am a geek".

"Later ... when I grow up ... I want to be a geek too", will be her/his obvious reaction. And isn't that what we are all after for? :)

Take care!