Another year passes, and with it another ACCU Conference.* As ever we came away exhausted but energised with a bunch of new ideas, inspirations and suggestions from those we'd met at the conference....and then needed quite a while to recover. I can't speak for others, but I certainly found it was quite a while before I felt fully back into the swing of things afterwards.
This year was the second year the conference had been at the Bristol Marriott, so there were fewer uncertainties and things went ever so slightly more smoothly than last year (and this time we had a better idea where all the best restaurants and pubs were...).
We arrived on Monday afternoon, but couldn't start setting up our stand (which this year was conveniently packed into flight cases rather than the rag-tag collection of plastic boxes we've used in the past) until Tuesday as there was another event running in the venue.
As Beth and I were both booked on to the C++ 11 preconference session that day (the idea being to use it as a refresher on some of the parts of C++ 11 we're not using yet) We set up our stand before breakfast the following morning.
Each day generally started with a keynote at 9:30am, for which all 420 delegates (minus those who were too badly hungover, no doubt!) gathered in the largest of the conference rooms.
The remainder of the day was filled with four tracks of predominantly 90 minute sessions, culminating in an hour of lightning talks at 6am before the festivities started in the evening.
If you have never been to an ACCU Conference before, the following selection of photos will hopefully give you a feel for the event.
Nico Josuttis' C++ 11 preconference session
The main hallway during one of its busier periods
ACCU 2014 delegates (all 420 of them) assemble for a keynote. The room is actually much bigger than you can see here - there is another screen to the right.
The Bloomberg Lounge (with free bar!) was back on Wednesday and Thursday evenings this year, and once again had a selection of retro gaming machines
Jim Hague on Cinema and Myths of Leadership
Jon Jagger (the Conference Chair) introducing Dan North's keynote
Dan North on why Agile doesn't scale - and what you can do about it
Dan Swain and Leon Hewitt's Continuous Delivery with Legacy Code session
Olve Maudal's C++ Pub Quiz was as popular as ever!
The programme each day concluded with an hour of Lightning Talks at 6pm. This is Thaddaeus Frogley on "The Graphics Pipeline".
Didier Verner's "Biological Realms in Computer Science" keynote
Phil Nash presented a very thought provoking session on health and fitness which was especially relevant for us sedentary office workers
Kevlin Henney's talk was "Immutability FTW!", but he still managed to sneak a Singleton in!
More photos, videos, tweets and slides from the conference are also available on the ACCU 2014 Eventifier page. We hope to see you at next year's Conference!
* it was actually 6 weeks ago...Douglas would be proud.