Since I was young, I like watching movies, and this creates a will of getting to know the world, so I always liked the idea of traveling often and to as many places as possible. But I never intended to be a pilot though. I wanted to do something like photography worldwide. Then I started coding when I was 15 y/o, doing formulas on Excel, and a year later I started to create my own mIRC scripts. mIRC was very common at my hometown for online chatting. When I was 18 y/o I got a part-time job with a friend of my father, and began coding desktop applications in Java. A few months later I was coding Servlets. I can say I started coding OOP very soon, and building both desktop and server-side Java applications pretty much at the same time. Plus, today I get to travel often 🙂
The first time I attended a conference was in 2004 in Sao Paulo while still living at my hometown, so I had to drive 600km by car, but it was a Java conference so I was very keen to be there. That time I learned the importance of sharing technical knowledge, learning from others’ experiences on where to look at for innovation, possible options both on software and architectural designs, and most importantly, to do networking and meet other developers and community members. I believe networking is the #1 reason, the knowledge and experience sharing comes on #2, and then of course getting to travel, to know the city and have some fun comes on #3, because we are all humans too.
Voxxed for me is a set of opportunities to meet local communities of developers. To learn more about cultures of people that work on the same area as I do. And to share what I’ve been learning and that I believe is of their interest too.
I can surely say that it was in 2011, when I was at ApacheCon Vancouver, Canada in November, and I had a flight at 5am back to Brazil, so to not miss the flight I decided to stay awake the whole night. Of course I couldn’t miss the bar until late night with my best Apache friends. Gladly everything went OK, and… on Friday night I was back in Rio de Janeiro for my wedding on Sunday. 🙂