“I felt like I got to have actual conversations with lots of people, rather than just exchanging pleasantries with a few people over lunch.”
This was feedback from an attendee last year. Conferences are often great places to meet new people but are they places for meaningful conversations?
On the second day of conference, we run an open space to give a whole day to building real interactions. It may seem daunting but at the start of the day you set the agenda. You lead and join the sessions you’re interested in.
Who comes are the right people.
Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
The open space day of CukenFest is special, in part because most people don’t expect it to be. This day out of the office is for you to share your knowledge and experience, and for others to share theirs. You might lead a session on how to reduce the number of bugs in production and then join a discussion on BDD in a highly-regulated context. Even if you go as a group from work, your experiences and conversations might be very different.
There isn’t a neat list of outcomes you can forward to your boss, but there is a simple message - you will spend the day with other BDD enthusiasts who want to contribute to a high-performing team.
CukenFest is what you make of it. As organisers we provide a few things - Good food and drink. Attendance capped at 120. A diverse mix of developers, testers, and people from the business. But it’s you who will set the agenda and energy.
- CukenFest London
- June 3rd-4th 2020
- A day of talks followed by a day of open space.
A few years back we sent out a “call for thoughts” a kind of pre “call for papers” asking the community what they want to see at CukenFest London this year. We found it to be a great way to generate and gather ideas for speakers, sessions, formats and all that.
So here’s a two-minute form you can fill out to let us know what kind of things you’d like to see. We’d love to hear from you.
Contribute to our Call for Thoughts
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