A new kind of experience
Last Thursday I headed off to a small town called Zeewolde to go to a conference I’d never been to before. The conference is called May Contain Hackers and it’s a completely different conference compared to the ones I’m used to attending. May Contain Hackers is a so-called Hacker Camp. It’s run once every four years in The Netherlands, and it relies heavily on building a community with volunteers that can sign up to work anywhere between a couple of hours to several days.
Instead of sleeping in a hotel, everybody sets up their tents wherever they’d like (with some restrictions), and you’re free to do whatever you want (again, with some restrictions). Some folks just set up their tents and use them for sleeping, but others brought huge tents that were loaded with desks, computers, server racks, and / or entire kitchens. These people were part of Villages which was quite interesting.
Some of these villages were open to visitors, some even served their guests food while others had built cool devices like a machine that can pour you a perfectly balanced cocktail.
And while a normal conference will last just a few days, May Contain Hackers lasts a whopping five days!
Attending this conference was an extremely different experience for mem and I liked it a lot! Seeing a community of people come together and build a short-lived town almost was quite refreshing. What’s also refreshing is that I found the crowd to be quite diverse which isn’t something I had expected initially. And the best part is that the camping site is family friendly.
This year I didn’t bring Oliver and Dorien, but next year they might just have to join me…