Meet the hosts: Interview with Gael Colas - Gael Colas, Thorsten Butz - PSConfEU 2023
In this episode of our podcast/show, I have a conversation with Gail, ...
In this episode of our podcast/show, I have a conversation with Gail, the second-year organizer of the PowerShare Conference. Gail shares her experience organizing the conference in Vienna last year ...and the lessons she learned. She also explains the challenges of organizing the event in a foreign country, which led to the decision to change the location from Hannover to Vienna and now to Prague.
Gail mentions that organizing the conference in her home country was not practical and that changing the location gives the opportunity for local people to contribute and help with the event. She highlights the support they received from Jakub, a local resident who provided information about Prague and its attractions. Gail reflects on the success of the Vienna conference and the desire of attendees to see something new each year.
We discuss what to expect from this year's conference in Prague. Gail mentions that while the format remains the same, there are new speakers, venues, catering, and events. She acknowledges that selecting the content for the conference is challenging and relies on a team of organizers to ensure diverse and interesting sessions.
The conversation touches on the feedback received from delegates and how it is interpreted. Gail gives an example of the challenges of selecting the catering and the varying opinions on the quality of the food. She acknowledges the feedback about the desire for more hands-on workshops and reveals that they are piloting a new content format called follow-alongs, where attendees can actively participate and learn alongside the speaker.
Gail shares her personal preferences for session topics, including desired state configuration (DSC) and new technologies. She encourages attendees to explore various expertise areas and interact with the speakers. She mentions specific sessions, such as a deep dive on managing dependencies in PowerShell, and highlights the recordings of sessions for attendees to review later.
We discuss the balance between planning in advance and staying up to date with the rapidly changing landscape of technology. Gail mentions the advancements in PowerShell, particularly in PowerShell 6, 7, and PowerShell Core. She recommends checking out the PowerShell team's blog post for insights into their direction and investment plans.
In conclusion, I thank Gail for her insights and invite listeners to follow the conference on LinkedIn for updates and information. I provide details about the conference schedule, call for papers, submission deadlines, and decision timelines. I mention the upcoming Minicorn event and express excitement about the opportunity to meet people and create meaningful experiences. Finally, I thank Gail once again and wish everyone a great time at the conference.
00:00:00 Meet the hosts: Interview with Gael Colas - Gael Colas, Thorsten Butz - PSConfEU 2023
00:00:08 Introduction and Experience with the First Conference
00:01:23 Challenges of Organizing in a Foreign Country
00:02:15 Changing Countries and Local Help
00:03:54 New Venue and Format for the Conference
00:07:32 Collecting Feedback and Introducing Hands-on Follow-alongs
00:14:08 AI's Impact on Regular Expressions and Enigma Sessions
00:15:02 The Evolution of PowerShell and its Future Direction
00:16:43 Important Updates and Deadlines for the Conference Attendees[+] Show More