Posted by Theo Heselmans on April 4th, 2010
Last Tuesday, March 30th was our BLUG event in Brussels. It seems that for the past months that's all I have been occupied with (after hours). I got the impression it paid off, as most of the 220 attendees seemed to be happy with how it all went.
It started off on Monday afternoon, when we were prepping the venue: putting up banners, signs and posters, filling the goodie-bags for all attendees (thanks Martin, Mike, Erwin, Steve), organizing the badges (thanks Kristof, Valérie), ...
Stijn -as ever- was omnipresent and organized. Couldn't have done this without his invaluable help. Thanks mate. He and Erwin also made sure that our eye-catcher, a yellow Lotus Elise was highly visible. We're all envious, Erwin !
Around 19h we all went to the hotel, were most speakers stayed. We had a great buffet dinner, and most of us tasted (too) many Belgian beers. Around 1.30 am, we had our last Orval or Delirium Tremens ! It sure was a short night.
Tuesday itself went pretty smooth. As I had to do the intro, I was a but nervous (and craving for water!). Alistair Rennie had a nice presentation about Lotus in the marketplace today, and Laurent Boes a short but to-the-point overview of Lotusphere announcements. The rest of the day was dedicated to plenty of (simultaneous) sessions. Take a look at the list of sessions, most of them including their slides. I can't praise all speakers enough here. Each of them did a great job, whether the room was packed (as most were) or not. Julien, and many other followers did liveblogging during the whole day. You can rehash it here. Over 100 people were following it. Thanks guys.
The whole event wasn't possible (nor free) thanks to IBM (thanks Laurent, Phillippe, Annekatrien, ...) and the rest of the sponsors. We're very grateful !
Later that night the remaining speakers went downtown Brussels, for a couple of drinks and some Belgian fries. We all had a great time.
I'm taking a few weeks off now. Need some rest. Need some sleep.