Padova Hacking Society

I couldn’t think of a better name, so that’s what I came up with for a “cross-platform” group including a variety of people who are knowledgeable in different fields. Thanks to Matteo, we had our first meeting yesterday for (what else, being in Italy), pizza and beer.

I continue to be very impressed by the amount of technical talent here in Padova. It is a university town, but it’s only got about 200,000 people. At our dinner yesterday, we had guys from OFBiz, Mono, FreeBSD, and various other open source projects, as well as people expert in C, Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, Erlang, and counting myself, Tcl. Furthermore, the guys from the nascent startup seesaw.it were there as well.

It was a lot of fun to meet up with people to talk tech in person. Even the level of diversity lead to some heated debate at times, I think I much preferred it to a monothematic event. With age, I tend to get less excited about things, and realize that it’s all fascinating and worth knowing, and just wishing I had more time to soak up knowledge in the many fields that interest me.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to repeat the event sometime soon.

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