Last week I registered to the Agile .NET 2011 Europe conference, held in Gent, on 10 - 11 October, and I’m really looking forward to it. I think that if you live in Belgium (or near Belgium) and are into .NET development this is a conference you cannot miss: 2 days of sessions about Agile Principles and Software Craftsmanship with .NET flavor, and at reasonable price (
350€ till end of September and 450€ later, using the coupon code, 300€ till the end of September and 400€ afterwards) and good (IMHO, better and cheaper) replacement for the cancelled StackOverflow DevDays in London.
Featuring prominent Belgian and international speakers, the agenda will cover many interesting topics, both via standard talks and via openspaces, coding dojos and workshops. There will be a talk on Kanban with TFS, NuGet for the enterprises, NoSql, RavenDB, Node.js, Agile UX, Windows 8 Metro, and Kanban, XP, agile planning workshops and “playing”. And most importantly, there will be a lot of talking and community, which is the best part of such events.
There are 3 tracks and it will be difficult to choose which session to follow as they are all very interesting (I already found a few overlapping sessions).
How to reach Gent
Even if you are not in Belgium, reaching the conference is a piece of cake, Gent is only 40 minutes by train from Bruxelles and easy to reach from all the main Western and Central European cities with many flights per day, both with standard and low-cost flights. And with high-speed train to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne and Frankfurt; and since it’s on Monday, you can arrive early in the weekend and spend some time sightseeing, both Gent and Brugge, and if the weather is nice, could even go to the seaside or bike around the Flanders.
And as I said above, if you register using the discount code simonech you get a 50€ discount over the full price (300€ instead of 350€).
Hope to see you someone of my reader at the conference: if you do attend, please contact me and we’ll have a beer together.