For obvious reasons, it was difficult to attend a real conference in 2020.
Most of the conferences I would have wanted to go to all became virtual, but they were either at times that didn’t work for me, or they just didn’t seem interesting enough to attend the whole event.
Additionally, after a full day of work, it’s difficult to spend the full evening in a virtual conference.
So after talking to my Team Lead we decided to try something new: I would prepare a playlist of videos from various conferences, then watch them over two days. I would take the days off, just as I would have if I had gone to a real conference. In other words: fully disconnected from day-to-day work.
Let's start with the good: