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…


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🎶 Currently on repeat 🎶

If you follow me on Twitter you probably know that I play guitar. I'm a huge music lover and want to share this with you. In this section I will share a new album that I've been enjoying a lot every week.

Architects - Tear Gas

New Architects music means that I feature it here. Simple as that. What’s even better is that alongside this new single, Architects have announced that they’re releasing a whole new album called “Classic Symptoms of a Broken Spirit” that will be released on October 21st of this year. I’m super excited for this release and if the two currentlty available singles are a good sample of what to expect, this album’s going to rock!

Other content that I really want to share with you

I’m sure that most of the folks that read this newsletter will either code outside of work as a hobby because they enjoy it, or they do it because they feel like they have to in order to keep up. And a smaller group of you all might have decided that coding is their job, not their hobby, and have made the decision to not do coding outside of regular working hours. Is any one of those three correct? Is any of them wrong? I don’t think so. And it seems like Jeroen from AppForce1 has a similar opinion. If you’re wondering whether you should be coding outside of working hours, check out this post.

An article by Jeroen Leenarts

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On July 27th, Women Who Code held a Mobile Summit. While I didn’t have a chance to properly attend all of the talks and sessions, the lineup is super impressive. Feel free to check out the lineup to see what I mean! And even though the conference is already over, you can still gain access to the sessions and videos through the Women Who Code YouTube channel. So make sure to subscribe, and ring that bell!