Intridea discovers a great tech community in Portland Maine
This week I had the pleasure of attending Hackon, a FREE 3 day technology event thrown by Intridea here in Portland, Maine. It took place at the Portland Harbor Hotel and was organized by Adam Bair, a local friend, Ruby enthusiast and employee of Intridea. Adam did a wonderful Job of organizing the event. Many thanks to Intridea for making it all possible!
The first 2 days of the event were mostly an open format. Guests brought their laptops and worked off the Hotel’s wireless. I honestly don’t think I “worked” very much that 1st day. Instead, I had a wonderful time greeting the attendees, many of whom I had not met before. Surprisingly not everyone was a developer but we had tons to talk about and Day 1 flew by without warning. Thankfully, I did manage to spend most of my time programming on Day 2.
Day 3 offered a number of very interesting presentations:
- Dimitri demonstrated a web framework written in Smalltalk called Seaside.
- Ryan Smith spoke on improving Apache configurations.
- Tiffany Rad and Nothingface spoke about a VERY cool open source hardware hacking project called OpenOtto.
- Bogart Zalzberg described a humorous story of a poorly configured Postfix installation.
I am anxious to see if Indridea will host Hackon again next year. I still can’t believe this was a free event. In Maine, its so difficult to find the variety and caliber of tech folks that were in attendance in one place. I imagine that TechMaine would benefit from hosting similar events.
And oohh look, I guess some photos were taken of the event!