In late April we exhibited at the ACCU Conference (#accuconf), which in many ways is our conference home. The first time we went was all the way back in 2007, and believe it or not we've not missed a year since!
The conference is a great event filled with amazing people, and it's a privilege to have been able to be a part of it for the past decade.
We normally attend the sessions as delegates and also run an exhibition stand (which makes for some rather hectic juggling!), but this year was a little different as our founder Anna also presented the closing keynote "Comfort Zone" (which she describes as being about "Puppies, Spiders, User Interface Cheese-Moving and the Neuroscience of Anger"....).
Anna-Jayne Metcalfe from Riverblade presenting the closing keynote "Comfort Zone"
As ever, it was an interesting (and quite exhausting) week...but more than that, it was a week when the people who make ACCU what it is stood up and really showed what a truly amazing group of people they are. I'll talk about that specifically in a follow-up post shortly, but suffice it to say that we came away understanding just how lucky we are to have found this particular organisation...
Of course if you went, you'll know all this already. If you didn't, here's a handful of photos to give you an idea what you missed this time...
The Bristol suite at #accuconf.
This is where the keynotes take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning...and at the close of the conference on Saturday afternoon
Pete Goodliffe presenting "The Codealow - a developer's bedtime story" during the Lightning Talks on Wednesday evening
Don't panic - it's just the conference dinner!
Set the controls for the heart of the pudding...
OK. Now would be the time to panic...
If you'd like to see the keynote, there's a video of it on YouTube and the slides are here.