GUADEC = 0 :\ to… GUADEC ++ :D :D !

A picture speaks a million works ..

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My first GUADEC was not just a single experience initiated but an incrementor for life!.. This is one of the few blogs wherein I am out of words about how to explain the awesomeness that defined the 7 days of Brno, GNOME and some of the best people I know 😀

The week kicked off with me looking at a whole new currency (Czech koruna) , hearing a whole new language (Czech) , exploring a whole new place (Brno, and later Prague) and encountering an infinite array of new faces .. faces which I later discovered to be amazing friends , talented coders, designers, developers, my mentors, and some of the most fun people to hang out with! 😀

The morning were characterized with a keynote , followed by some of the most enlightening talks (which itched me to google for hours to dig deeper into topics covered in each one of them).. It was all right there gtk, gstreamer, GLADE 😀 (it just got a different level of awesome btw in the talk 😛 ) , Designing with blender (which made me go like , are you serious ? blender does that?!) , Bug-fixing (which was like everything I learnt so far + more condensed in an hour :D) … There were so many more I wanted to attend but couldn’t !

The talks were followed by the bestest of parties and dinners and lastly a Brno tour!

Here I will take a moment to mention the people who made all the above one of the bestest experiences for me 😀

(My mentors :D)
Vadim ~ Thankyou for the beautiful gifts .. And for being forever helpful .. 😀
Seif ~ I have had the best Android experiences playing spaceteam on your phone :P.. I am ditching my blackberry soon .. and I promise I will improve my accent by the next time we meet 😀
(Non mentors ;))

Allan, Jakub ~ Thanks for all the design discussion sessions 😀

Andrea ~ I absolutely loved the talk you and Sri gave 😀 , and I am so glad you are planning on visiting India 😀

Andreasn , Fabiana ~ You both are absolutely awesome 😀 It was a pleasure hanging out with you guys ..I really really hope to see you next year too 🙂

Aruna, Aakash, Lavanya, Sindhu, Nirbheek, Satabdi ~ It was a pleasure to see all of you at GUADEC, we should meet in India too 😀

Anton, Joris ~ Great work with PiTiVi guys! 😀

Allesandro, Mattias, Richard, Florian, Jasper, John, Nacho, David, Fidencio ~ Was great meeting you guys briefly , hope we get to talk more the next GUADEC! 🙂

Christophe ~ Thanks for siding me to summon Vadim to the venue 😉 was so great to see you !

Emily ~ From spaceteam to wine (which I did not put into your beer 😛 ) its been so so great to see you and trouble seif teaming up with you.. I hope to see you soon 🙂

Felipe ~ Thanks for hanging out in music and for the walk with you and Julita to the venue 😀

Flavia ~ Loved having you next door 😀 We have lots of catching up to do the next time we meet 😀

Giovanni ~ Thanks for the awesome insights, being the compass for all of our outings and the debates about python and gjs 😉 Hope to see you soon 😀

Jan-Christoph, Bernhard ~ Great ideas on collaborating music and cloud guys 😀

Julita ~ Thanks for all the photos and for getting my name right (eventually 😛 )

Kalev ~ Hope you found your luggage 😉 , was great to meet you 😀

Marina, Karen, Tyler ~ You have all inspired me a great deal, thankyou for giving us the opportunities and for the most chirpy women’s dinner 🙂

Meg ~ You have been a great roommate 😀 Hope I didnt trouble you too much 🙂

MagD ~ Thanks for reminding me to fill in my yearbook and lending your pen to do so 😉 – rest-of-it -> in your yearbook 😀

Patricia ~ It was so much fun hanging out with you.. I wish I can come to Spain sometime and talk all about our homes over pina-coladas 😛

Rob ~ Thanks for signing my yearbook with a GNOME graffiti 😀

Sam Bull ~ I will get to Mozart (the language :P).. The piece of information about Shakespear was downright awesome 😀

Sri ~ So good to see you after hearing so much about you 😀 Finally ! 🙂

Tiffany, Elice ~ Good to hangout at lunch and get to know you both.. hope to spend a lot more time with you guys the next time around 😀

Victor, Bogdan ~ I remember it more like toso ! 🙂 Great to see you among all my co-interns 🙂

Arnel, Eslam, Sai ~ Missed you guys!

I tried my best to remember all the names (irc handles + faces) .. if I forgot any .. please feel free to poke me on #gnome-music ..

This week was an absolute journey for me .. from going out of India for the first time.. to trying new stuff to eat, to nights of hacking , playing space-team, or just talking to people who do what they love to do.. !

It was learning , knowing, partying and having some of the best time I know of 🙂 Thanks for GNOME for sponsoring me to come down and avail all the awesome :)Closing out – I gave a little presentation about my project too! (amidst Intern-Lightening-Talks)

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